Learning Opportunities in March 2013 and Beyond

Thirty-five (or more) different learning events in March are listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences. By participating in an event you can extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the sessions listed at Learn (learn.extension.org). Review the full listing of online events. Log in with your eXtensionID to Follow, and plan to attend. Share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or add your web-based sessions.

Popular topics coming up include…
“Pinterest for Your Business” on March 14. Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by getting on Facebook and maybe giving Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind only Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian’s Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report. Offered by the Entrepreneurs and Their Communities CoP.

“Critical Conversation – Digital Badges” on March 25. Digital badges are a way for a person to signal achievements, successes, and experience to others. Digital badges can contain data that validates who issued the badge, what was done to earn the badge, when it was earned, etc. As Extension and, in particular 4-H, begins to experiment with badges, it is important to understand what badges represent and how they may be of value to learners. At the same time, we must critically examine how badges fit in with informal and emergent learning. Join our panel in a conversation around digital badges, their role in Extension, and lifelong learning in general. Offered by the Network Literacy CoP.

Upcoming Sessions (March – May 2013) by general topic:

3/1/13 Motivating employees — A discussion based on the book Drive (Leadership & Management SIG)
3/13/13 Introduction to JQuery Mobile (Information Technology SIG)

Ag Energy
3/5/13 Energy Efficient Milk Production
3/19/13 Optimizing Irrigation Efficiency
3/29/13 Modern Biodiesel Production, fuel quality, BMP’s, and Success Stories
4/26/13 Bioenergy Crops Production Trials Update

Dairy Cattle
3/4/13 Outcome Driven Health Management
3/18/13 Far Off to Fresh Cow — Opportunities to Improve Transition Performance
4/8/13 Economic Analysis Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs
4/22/13 New Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs

4/30/13 Superstorm Sandy Animal and Agriculture Response: Lessons Learned for Improving Planning

3/7/13 Getting the Most from Facebook
3/14/13 Pinterest for Your Business

3/5/13 Organic Benefits and Challenges in the Face of Climate Change
3/11/13 NRCS Conservation Practices, Organic Management and Soil Health
3/13/13 National Organic Program (NOP) Update Webinar
3/26/13 Organic Farming Systems Research at the University of Nebraska

3/5/13 Answering “Ask an Expert” Questions and Configuring Your Settings

3/5/13 Institutional Team Web Conference – March 2013
4/2/13 Institutional Team Web Conference – April 2013
5/7/13 Institutional Team Web Conference – May 2013

3/27/13 Moodle Meet-Up
4/24/13 Moodle Meet-Up
5/29/13 Moodle Meet-Up

Farm Safety and Health
3/6/13 Enhancing Safety Training in Dairies: A Cultural Anthropological Perspective
3/26/13 NIOSH 2013 Pesticide Handler Personal Protective Stakeholder Meeting: Motivating Best Personal Protective Equipment Practices
4/10/13 Confined Spaces of Grain Bin Entry

Fire Ants
3/1/13 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Ants! Ants! Ants!
4/5/13 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: You Have Fire Ants Where?
5/3/13 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Protect Your Loved Ones From Fire Ants

Home Energy
3/15/13 Green Roofing Webinar

3/7/13 Best Practices for a Safe and Efficient Equine Facility
3/26/13 Developing Youths’ Life Skills Through Equine Activities
4/23/13 Apr 23, 2013 Developing Real Sportsmanship in a Reality Show World

3/12/13 Landscape business, “Startup to a Million Dollars”

Local Foods
3/20/13 Buying Local Food: Public Perceptions and Impacts

Military Families- Child Care
4/16/13 Intentional Connection: Establishing Positive Relationships Between Child Care Providers and Military Families

Military Families- Personal Finance
4/15/13 Financial Statements
4/22/13 Ratio Analysis
3/4/13 Investing For Your Future 1: Basic Concepts and Investment Products
3/14/13 Investing For Your Future 2: Mutual Funds and Tax-Deferred Investments

Network Literacy
3/12/13 Creating and Editing a Wiki page
3/25/13 Critical Conversation – Digital Badges
4/25/13 Critical Conversation – Evaluation

Personal Finance
3/7/13 Who Gets My Personal Stuff

3/27/13 Coaching a 4-H poultry judging team
3/28/13 Producing poultry meat on pastures
4/15/13 Raising guinea fowl
4/24/13 Cooking your way to the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
5/21/13 Raising exhibition poultry

Urban IPM
4/4/13 Urban IPM on Bats

3/14/13 Tips and Tools for Recruiting Volunteers
4/16/13 Introduction to Social Networking
5/20/13 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism
5/20/13 Sharing the Best Advisory Leaders Have to Offer: Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) Panel Session

3/25/13 Examining Pieces of the Immigrant Paradox Puzzle

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web sessions that you’d like included on this list, please add it at Learn.extension.org.