March 2011 Extension Professional Development


We’re very fortunate to have DAVID WILEY (, a leader in Open Education, lead a special professional development session for us on Monday, March 28. While the exact details of the session are still being worked out, we’re hoping he will address such things as the global Open Education Resources (OER) movement, how technology is impacting learning, and perhaps some historical perspective as to the Land-Grant mission and non-formal learning going forward. David Wiley’s background with OER, Open Education, and the Land-Grant system is a perfect match for those in Cooperative Extension. Sponsored by eXtension with the ACE Information Technology and Leadership & Management SIGs. ( and )

Look for exact details of time and connection link at

eXtension Professional Development offers a variety of sessions this month and ongoing. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out. All sessions are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. No pre-registration is necessary, though you may indicate your interest on the page for each PD Event at (log in with your eXtensionID). Give us 30-60 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful!

Any web-based professional development sessions open to Cooperative Extension may be listed at Look there under Upcoming Events (, browse by recent tags, or search to find professional development in your areas of interest. If you know of professional development events that are open to Cooperative Extension but not yet listed there, please add them by clicking “Create a new PD Event.” Each event then has a URL that may be used to share with colleagues! Each PD event page includes the title, description, presenters, link for participation and recording, as well as a check box to show your interest and/or participation in the event.


Find links to the recordings of recent events at These include the two webinars about the social media strategy launched by Cooperative Extension to address proposed Congressional Budget cuts to Smith-Lever funding: CES Budget Social Media Web Conference ( – Feb 22 and CES Budget Social Media Strategy – Update Web Conference ( – Mar 1.

Upcoming professional development offers 30-60 minute sessions on topics provided by Communities of Practice, ACE, and other extension colleagues. In addition there will be monthly Question Wrangler meet-ups and Institutional Team web conferences.


March 9, 2011 at 5:00 PM ET, Writing a Review of the Literature

March 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET, You Are Here! Maps for Business

March 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET, Google Analytics

March 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM ET, Workforce Skills Outcomes from Camp Counseling

March 16, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET, Jargon, Clichés and Other Unfriendlies

March 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM ET, Household behavior and homeowner education strategies

March 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM ET, For Youth, For Life CoP – Monthly Web Conference

March 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET, Understanding Recreational Grade GPS

March 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM ET, Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup – March 2011

March 25, 2011 at 2:30 PM ET, The Soil Health Paradigm: A Holistic Approach to Managing Manure in Agroecosystems

March 28, 2011, Open Education by David Wiley


April 5, 2011 at 2:30 PM ET, Institutional Team Web Conference

April 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET, ACE Leadership & Management co-sponsored Topic

April 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM ET, Water and Energy: Can we conserve both?

April 15, 2011 at 3:00 PM ET, Developing mobile apps

April 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM ET, Water conservation for developers – 101

April 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET, Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup – April 2011

More sessions are listed for May and beyond. For complete descriptions and details go to 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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