February 2011 Extension Professional Development

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eXtension Professional Development offers a variety of sessions this month and ongoing. Please share this with any colleagues who may be interested! All 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 for each topic listed below. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out. Give us 30-60 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful!

Upcoming eXtension’s professional development offers 30-60 minute sessions on topics including a CoP perspective to answering Ask an Expert questions, two Extension Directors sharing about eXtension in their states, book discussion on “Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age”, social media marketing, social community change, NCRCRD’s next in the series topic, experiential learning, Google MyMaps, location services, community engagement, and content appraisal. In addition there will be a monthly Question Wrangler meetup and Institutional Team web conference.


February 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. Impacts of eXtension, Part 2, by Karen Hinton, Dean and Director, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada, and Keith Smith, Director, Ohio State University Extension. This session is part two of two sessions, and will feature two extension directors describing how eXtension is being institutionalized in their respective states/institutions. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/124.

Time Change: February 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM EST. “Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age” Book Discussion. Sponsored with eXtension by the ACE Leadership & Management SIGs. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/75.

February 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. Getting Down to Business with Social Media Marketing, by Entrepreneurs and Their Communities COP. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/119.

February 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST. Learned Approaches to Successful Community Change. Many successful community change models are currently being used by community and economic development practitioners. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/139

February 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. 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 16, 2011at 3:00 PM EST. Experiential Learning and Evaluation. Youth development volunteers and professionals love to work “hands-on” and most do their best work once they master an experiential learning or inquiry. http://www.extension.org/learn/event/128

February 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST. Getting Started on Making Maps in Google MyMaps. Mapping can be a great way to communicate information to a client. Making a digital map. http://www.extension.org/learn/event/130

February 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. What’s all the buzz with location services?. This session will introduce participants to the trends in location-aware social media tools. A few representative sites will be demonstrated. http://www.extension.org/learn/event/141

February 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST. Higher Education Community Engagement in Rural Areas. This webinar will focus on the characteristics and challenges of higher education community engagement in rural areas.

February 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. The Content Appraisal Process. Making sure web content on www.extension.org is up to date and usable is one of the missions of eXtension. This session will explain the process.

February 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup – February 2011. An opportunity for state Question Wranglers who help with questions submitted via Ask an Expert by the public at www.extension.org, to share and learn. See http://www.extension.org/learn/event/103

February 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. Ask an Expert Widget Communities. Communities have been added for each Ask an Expert (AAE) widget. Come learn about these new communities and their impact on how widgets work. http://www.extension.org/learn/event/143

Date Change: February 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. Ask an Expert: Strategies Used by an Experienced CoP. Learn how one of eXtension’s pioneer CoPs, Financial Security for All (FSA), manages the Ask an Expert process from start (incoming consumer questions) to finish (published FAQs), by Dr. Barbara O’Neill. See details at http://www.extension.org/learn/event/122.

March 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST. Public Talk, Public Action: Advancing Civic Capacity to Tackle Tough Issues. Helping communities examine public issues can be challenging to Extension professionals. http://www.extension.org/learn/event/135

March 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST. Creating a Digital Meeting Place to Foster Rural Design. In January 2010, the Center for Rural Design at the University of Minnesota held the First International Symposium on Rural Design. http://www.extension.org/learn/event/115

In addition, March includes these session topics:
March 10: You Are Here! Maps for Business.
March 10: Jay Van Voast, Topic to be announced by ACE IT SIG.
March 16: Google Analytics
March 22: Understanding Recreational Grade GPS.
March 22: Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup – March 2011.

More sessions are listed for April and May. For complete descriptions and details go to http://learn.extension.org/. See information for each session, an overview of upcoming eXtension Professional Development sessions, links to historical sessions (and recordings once they are available). Log-in with your eXtension ID to indicate your interest in and attendance of the offered sessions. Add your professional development events that are open to extension.

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