December 2010 Professional Development Ends Year with a Bang!

eXtension Professional Development offers just a few quality sessions this month. Please share this with any colleagues who may be interested!


The second session of the 2010 North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Speakers Series was held on December 2. The recording for “The future of work and it’s impact on Extension systems” can be found at


This month eXtension’s professional development offers 30-60-minute sessions on topics including social media guidelines, CoP evaluation efforts, and encouraging interactivity in your online events. In addition the monthly Institutional Team web conference for January 4, 2011 is listed. eXtension professional development is open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. No pre-registration is necessary. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out. Give us 30 to 60 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful!

December 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST: Social Media Guidelines and Policies. This session will feature a panel from four state extension services to discuss social media guidelines and policies. Sponsored with eXtension by the ACE Leadership & Management SIG. See all the details at:

December 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST: Markers for Success: Getting Started with Your CoP Evaluation Efforts by Mike Lambur, eXtension. The focus of this session is to provide an overview of the stages of CoP
development and the corresponding evaluation activities that should be conducted — markers for success—to document participation, engagement, and outcomes the CoP has achieved. More details at

December 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST: Interactivity in Online Trainings: Keeping Your Audience Engaged. Janet Sylvia, University of Georgia, will share 20 ideas for keeping your online audience engaged. We’ll
also open the floor for discussion and gather ideas from the audience. The rest of the details at

January 4, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. EST: Institutional Team Web Conference – January. Please join us the first Tuesday of each month for a meetup of state eXtension Institutional Teams. Details at

See complete descriptions and details at

See information for each session, an overview of upcoming eXtension Professional Development sessions, links to historical sessions (and recordings once they are available), and log-in with your eXtension ID to indicate your interest in and attendance of the offered sessions. Check out and let us know what you think. Start including your favorite session links in Twitter, Facebook and
more! If your extension service or CoP has held professional development and has an open recording available, add it at!