Watch the 2009 National eXtension Conference Online

eXtension will be web casting several sessions from the National eXtension Conference, October 20-23, 2009 in St. Louis, MO.  Below is a listing of both general sessions and concurrent sessions that will be available.  All times listed are for CENTRAL TIME.

To attend a session:

  1. Click on the web address listed for the session (listed with each session or cluster of sessions).
  2. Log into the meeting room as a guest:
  3. Enter as a Guest: Type your name and click Enter Room

Session audio and Q & A:
The audio will play over your computer speakers.  Make sure they are turned on and not muted.  If a session has a question and answer period, you can post question via the chat window.

Before the event, it is best to test your computer:
Before the conference, go to to test your computer’s ability to participate and to install an optional plug-in.

Wednesday, October 21
General Session

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All times listed are for CENTRAL TIME.

8:00 Welcome —

  • Dan Cotton, Director, eXtension
  • Karen Hinton, Dean and Director, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Chair of the eXtension Governing Committee

Public Launch of the Extension Wildfire Information Network (EWIN)

8:20 Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present

Bob Johansen, Institute for the Future
This interactive presentation will draw from Bob’s new book, Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World, but he will also provide an experience that will help you sort out what these leadership skills mean for you. Foresight can provoke insight and lead to better decisions—and better leadership—in the present.

10: 15 Ask an Expert Task Force Results--Kevin Gamble, eXtension Associate Director of Technology
10:45 Institutionalization of eXtension Panel— Representatives from each Extension Region

11:30 USDA Perspective –Roger N. Beachy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United State Department of Agriculture

Noon—Presentation of eXtension Champion Award
Speaker: How can eXtension Prepare for an Uncertain Future?–Russ Roberts, Adjunct Professor, Management and Organizations Department, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

Wednesday, October 21
Breakout Sessions
All times listed are for CENTRAL TIME.

1:30 How to Host Your Own Webinar and Why Floyd Davenport

2:30 Technologies for Creating Educational Content for Online Programs Floyd Davenport

3:30 Yes, a multi-state collaboration can produce success, plus more! Jody Johnson

4:30 How the Virtual News Room Works for You Lynette Spicer

Thursday, October 22
Breakout Sessions
All times listed are for CENTRAL TIME.

Thursday morning
8:00 Sensemaking for Qualitative Research: The research methodologies used by the Ask an Expert Task force Kevin Gamble

8:00 Using eXtension Tools, Technologies, and Concepts to Improve Extension Work Jerold R. Thomas

9:00 Guidelines for Information Technology-based Promotion & Tenure Expectations and Metrics: A Proposal Robert Hughes, Jr.

10:00 Implementing the eXtension Widget on County web sites in Ohio: A case study Jerry Thomas

10:00 Evaluate Your Content with Google Analytics (by Category) Ben MacNeill

11:00 Be, Grow, Create Phase 2 @ Oregon State – Mark Anderson-Wilk, Alex Stone, and John McQueen

11:00 Introducing ideas for establishing a social media strategy Anne Adrian

Noon: Lunch Speaker: Embracing the Chaos (& other scary tales from the social web) Tara Hunt, Author, The Whuffie Factor, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Citizen Agency

Breakout Session
Thursday afternoon
All times listed are for CENTRAL TIME.

1:30 Assessing County Extension Program’s Readiness to Adopt Technology: They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know Dana Martin and Jeff Hino

3:30 Effective Review Standards: The Role of Authors, Editors, Reviewers, Users, and Communicators in Quality Control and Usability Mark Anderson-Wilk

4:30 A Creative Approach to Generating eXtension Publications in the Family Caregiving CoP Amy F. Hosier

Friday, October 23
General Session
All times listed are for CENTRAL TIME.

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8:00–Cultivating Partnerships and Resource Development Panel

  • Michael Ouart, Vice Provost for Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Chair, eXtension Finance Committee
  • James Wade, Executive Director, ECOP, and Director of Extension and Outreach, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Deborah Sheely, Deputy Administrator, Competitive Programs, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Cathann Kress, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Military Community and Family Policy
  • Randel Raub, Director of Research and New Product Development, Purina Mills
  • Michael McGirr, National Program Leader, Sustainable Development, Global Engagement, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

9:15–National eXtension Awards

  • Community of Practice Partnership Award
  • Community of Practice Individual Achievement Awards
  • Outstanding Community of Practice

10:15—eXtension 2010 and Beyond

  • Improving Services to Our Customers
  • Empowering CES Employees
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Adding and Supporting Communities of Practice
  • Content Development and Support
  • Increasing Funding and Partnerships

11:40–Closing Comments— Keith L. Smith, Director, Ohio State University Extension, Incoming Chair of the eXtension Governing Committee