January and February 2011 Professional Development Kicks off Great Year

eXtension Professional Development offers has a variety of sessions this month. Please share this with any colleagues who may be interested! eXtension Professional Development sessions are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. No pre-registration is necessary, though you may indicate your interest at the URL listed following each topic below. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out. Give us 30 or 60 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful!


eXtension offers sessions on topics including what’s important for content on web sites, opportunities on the mobile web, the future of cooperative extension, invasive species, Community of Practice evaluation efforts, the Great Lakes Land Grant Institutions Tribal Water Resources Summit, social media Return on Investment, regional extension programming, and a Community of Practice perspective to answering Ask an Expert questions. In addition the monthly Question Wrangler meetups and February’s Institutional Team web conference are listed. Events are listed for Eastern Time (ET).

January 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Creating Valuable Content That Converts. On-Line Presence Webinar Series – Scott Wild – WildInspire.com presenting – Just creating a website and filling it with content is simply not enough anymore. See details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/118

January 14 at 3:00 p.m. ET: The Mobile Web. Ray Kimsey will talk about mobile web. The growth in mobile web usage is now 8x the growth in desktop web growth. Let’s talk about opportunity, constraints involved in web design for mobile devices. Sponsored by eXtension and the ACE Information Technology Special Interest Group. See details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/101

January 18 at 2:00 p.m. ET: NCRCRD: Where to from here? Future trends impacting Cooperative Extension. Part of the 2010 North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Speakers Series focuses on ways that Extension systems can engage and collaborate better. See details at

January 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET: Ecosystem Services – The Significance of Contributions by Invasive Plant Species. The threat to natural systems by invasive plant species was the topic of a one-day symposium at the annual meetings of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. See details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/114.

January 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET: CoP Evaluation Efforts: Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center. Please join us in our first session highlighting CoP evaluation efforts. Jill Heemstra, from the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center, will feature their approach to and results of evaluating their CoP content. See details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/121.

January 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET: Great Lakes Land Grant Institutions Tribal Water Resources Summit: Outcomes and Next Steps. In October 2010, the College of Menominee Nation and University of Wisconsin-Extension worked with a diverse network of partners to plan and host the Great Lakes Land Grant Institutions Tribal Water Resources Summit. This webinar will provide an overview of the summit, outcomes form the summit, and next steps. See details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/117

January 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET: Return on Investment – Social Media. A panel will discuss their experience, the value they have seen by using social media, and how they measure or gauge influence, impact, or differences made in the use of social media. Sponsored by eXtension with the ACE IT & Marketing Special Interest Groups. See details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/113

January 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET: Regional Delivery Systems in Cooperative Extension. State Extension Services are facing steep budget cuts and many are reorganizing. This webinar reports on regionalization and specialization efforts as a means of increasing both the efficiency and effectiveness of program delivery. Five aspects of structural change are examined for seven states with preliminary results on impacts from one. See details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/116

January 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup. An opportunity for state Question Wranglers to discuss issues and ask questions. Details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/102.


February 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Institutional Team Web Conference. This is a monthly meeting for all members of eXtension Institutional Teams. Please join us! Details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/109.

February 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Impacts of eXtension, Part 1, by Dan Cotton, Director of eXtension. This session is part one of two sessions, and will focus on program impacts, as well as eXtension tools and services. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/123.

February 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Ask an Expert: Strategies Used by an Experienced CoP. Learn from Barbara O’Neill how one of eXtension’s pioneer Communities of Practice, Financial Security for All, manages the Ask an Expert process from start (incoming consumer questions) to finish (published FAQs). See details at

February 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This will be a book review/discussion. The book title is yet to be determined. Sponsored with eXtension by the ACE Leadership & Management SIGs. Sponsored by eXtension and the ACE Leadership & Management Special Interest Group. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/75.

February 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Impacts of eXtension, Part 2, by Karen Hinton of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada, and Keith Smith of Ohio State University Extension. This session is part two of two sessions, and will feature how eXtension is being institutionalized in Nevada and Ohio. See

February 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Getting Down to Business with Social Media Marketing, by Entrepreneurs and Their Communities Community of Practice. See

February 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Brain Research & Change Strategies. Sponsored with eXtension by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/90.

February 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/103

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