November Professional Development Features LiveAbility House

eXtension’s professional development opportunities are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. No
pre-registration. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out!

Special Topic

THE LIVEABILITY HOUSE: EXPLORING AN IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT
November 19, 2009
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/Learn

Have you ever wondered what Second Life is all about and what the possibilities might be for its use in Cooperative Extension? This session will introduce one collaborative project currently underway: the LiveAbility House. The LiveAbility House is a virtual home designed to teach people about assistive technology and universal design features that enable a person to live at home despite physical or mental challenges caused by aging, illness, or disability. The developers will share their vision, discuss their reasons for using Second Life, highlight the home’s capabilities, and provide a tour of
this interactive learning experience. Presenters include Deb Sellers and Larry Havenstein-Kansas State, Sarah Kirby-North Carolina State, and LuAnn Phillips-eXtension.

This session will be broadcast and use your computers speakers for audio, not your phone. Audience interaction will include opportunities to use built-in chat capabilities. Plan to join the session five minutes before the starting time. The session will be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 p.m. CT, Noon MT, 11:00 a.m. PT, 10:00 a.m. AT; 8:00 a.m. HT) (For all Extension)

30-MINUTE SESSIONS
This month we are offering a 30-minute session on Connecting with Online Communities. Give us 30 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful! These sessions will be held at our Web Conferencing Center at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and your telephone. Plan to join the session five minutes before the starting time. Each session will be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11:00 a.m. PT, 10:00 a.m. AT; 8:00 a.m. HT) unless otherwise noted.

* November 24 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a 30-minute session on Connecting with Online Communities: The Seaman Knapp Model of Engagement. The Seaman Knapp model for online communities starts with the premise that your communities already exist and are engaging online. This session will focus on helping you to unearth existing networks in your areas of expertise, monitoring community conversations, and sensing emerging issues. A special focus will be placed on real-time search and trending topics. The session will concentrate on the tools and techniques for living in the flow. (For all Extension)

OTHER SESSIONS
These sessions are a bit more in depth and will last one hour. These will be broadcast and use your computers speakers for audio, not your phone. Audience interaction will include opportunities to use built-in chat capabilities. Plan to join the session five minutes before the starting time. The sessions will be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11:00 a.m. PT, 10:00 a.m. AT; 8:00 a.m. HT) unless otherwise noted. (For all Extension)

* November 6 at 11:00 a.m. – Noon ET, Search Engine Optimization. Presented by Wright Frazier, Webmaster for Purdue’s Agriculture Communications Service. Search Engine Optimization. What does it mean? Why is it relevant? Who is my audience? Join us as the answers to these mystifying questions are unveiled. He’ll discuss search engine optimization concepts, the importance of subjects and bylines, using keywords, originality of text, and tools for measuring success. He’ll also help you ask your Webmaster the right questions to better understand what is going on. (for all Extension) This Professional Development session is offered in partnership with the ACE Media Relations SIG.

* November 9 at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, The New Ask an Expert (AaE) “Follow-up” Feature, Demo with Discussion. Presented by Aaron Hundley and Beth Raney. This session will be a one-hour demonstration and discussion focusing on the new recently launched “Follow-up” feature in Ask an Expert. Everyone who has used the AaE system is encouraged to attend and learn how the follow-up feature works and the implications it has on experts who are actively working in the system. (For all Extension)

* November 10 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET, Successes and Challenges of a Statewide Ask an Expert Widget Implementation. Presented by Rhonda Conlon, Kyleen Burgess and Adrian Gaskins. North Carolina Cooperative Extension is well into a statewide effort to implement the eXtenson Ask an Expert widget on all of their county web sites. This session will discuss the steps taken to obtain administrative support for the project, enable adoption by field faculty and staff, and provide on-going training, support and motivation for using the Ask an Expert widget. (For all Extension)

* November 18 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, (2 p.m. CT; 1 p.m. MT; Noon PT; 11 a.m. AT; 10 a.m. HT), Intro To Pachyderm: Interactive Multimedia on the Web. Presented by Jeff Hino, Lifelong Learning Leader, Oregon State University. This presentation will demonstrate Pachyderm– an open source web-based, media-rich interactive flash presentation and authoring system. Pachyderm allows the construction of online nonlinear learning objects and modules that can incorporate video, audio, graphics and text in a template-driven user-friendly environment. (for all Extension) This Professional Development session is offered in partnership with the ACE Information Techology SIG.

SECOND LIFE
Second Life is an immersive 3-D virtual environment, inhabited by over a million users from all over the world. You can learn to use Second Life to meet with colleagues, to create 3-D models that would be too expensive or impossible to make in reality, to provide guest speakers for a real life group, to teach using role play or group problem solving, to make content in your subject area available to a worldwide audience. This is an emerging and transformative technology, much like the early days of the Internet, and is expected to change the way most people experience web content within the next five years.

In Second Life, you will find that eXtension has a virtual fairgrounds, a model county office, projects in development on
assistive technology, turf grass, pest management, and more. In Teen Second Life, we have Bailey Island available for any 4-H educator to use for programming. Each month eXtension hosts several community events in Second Life. It is best to spend two or three hours orienting yourself to the Second Life environment before attending an event. You should know how to walk, sit, chat, use voice, and teleport.

Instructions for entering Second Life are here: http://collaborate.extension.org/wiki/Cooperative_Extension_Second_Life_Educators

LuAnn Phillips, Second Life educator, is available to assist you, and can be reached at luann.phillips@extension.org or by instant message to Thynka Little in Second Life.

Please consider joining the Facebook group “Cooperative Extension Second Life”.

November Second Life Events:
* Thursday,November 12, Second Life Roundtable 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET — web conference, meet at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn Getting
started in SL, tips and resources. eXperienced users encouraged to become mentors!

* Friday, November 20, Second Life Meetup — 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SL time (Pacific), 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. Meet at the Virtual State Fair, Morrill Island, in Second Life http://slurl.com/secondlife/Morrill/165/136/29 Group tour, a sampling of science education content by public and
land-grant universities.

* Monday, November 9, Avatar Express 9:00-10:00 a.m. Second Life Time, Noon-1:00 p.m. ET, and again at 5:00-6:00 p.m. Second Life Time, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern. This month we will try an evening session as well! Basic orientation for new newbies, how to move, communicate, search, and use the map. Meet at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Morrill/165/136/29

Add these dates & topics to your calendar, and plan to join us on for one or more of these sessions in November!!

TO PARTICIPATE in any of the sessions held in our Web Conferencing Center…
1. Five minutes before the start time, go to our Web Conferencing
Center meeting room at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn.

2. You will be presented with a login screen that has an “Enter as Guest” option.

3. Enter your first name, your last name, and your institution/university, then click the “Enter Room” button to join the
conference.

4. To hear the audio of the workshop and participate in the Q&A portion of the workshop we will be using a built-in teleconferencing capability of Adobe’s Connect Pro conferencing software. Once you log into the meeting you will be presented with the option to enter your call-back number, your phone will automatically be called. After entering your number you will be automatically called and joined into the audio portion of the Web conference on your phone.

EMAIL LIST:
If you or a colleague would like to get notices about upcoming professional development sessions offered by eXtension, go to https://people.extension.org/communities/learn and Click “Join Community.

RECORDINGS:
Recordings of many past professional development sessions can be found at the main eXtension wiki at http://about.eXtension.org/wiki and scroll down under Professional Development heading and find “Recordings of eXtension Professional Development Sessions”, or search
on the word Recordings.

Looking forward to having you join us to learn something new in November!!