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Web Services Launches Podcast

Working Differently in Extension Podcast LogoThe inaugural episode of the "Working Differently in Extension" podcast is now available.

The podcast, hosted by Bob Bertsch and Julie Kuehl, NDSU Agriculture Communications web technology specialists, is a discussion of tools and methods cooperative extension professionals can use to be more effective in the new communications environment.

The first episode focuses of privacy settings in Facebook. The "show notes" for this episode are posted on the Web Services blog.

You can subscribe to the podcast with iTunes and other podcast services by visiting the "Working Differently in Extension" web page.

If you have ideas for the podcast or want to share your comments, go to the Web Services Facebook fan page or email Bob Bertsch or Julie Kuehl.

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Ag CMS Training Scheduled for Dec. 13-15

"Getting Started in Ag CMS," a 3-part training to help you begin creating web content in the Ag Content Management System (Ag CMS), has been scheduled for December 13, 14 and 15, 2010. The training will be delivered using Wimba webconferencing, so you can attend using any internet-connected computer and a headset microphone. Each 2-hour session will begin at 9 a.m. (Central).

We recommend the Mozilla Firefox web browser for use with the Ag CMS. If you do not have Firefox on your computer, please download it at

This class utilizes the Wimba web conferencing tool. Please go to in advance of this class to set up your computer for the session.

For more information, go to our "Training & Tutorials" section.

Sign up for all 3 sessions now.

Bob Bertsch,

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Get tech info, tips and tricks from Web Services

NDSU Ag Comm's web services team (Bob Bertsch and Julie Kuehl) is sharing technology information, tips and tricks through a number of channels.

Learn about new gadgets, online tools, mobile/IPad apps and more on:

Our blog:
Our Facebook page:
Our Twitter list:
Our web site:

The latest post on the Ag Comm Web Services blog focuses on pico projectors, very small, inexpensive projectors that can store and display your photos, presentations and more.

If you have questions about how to subscribe to our blog feed, like our Facebook page or follow our Twitter list, please let us know.

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Conference Session Recordings Available

Recordings of the 2010 National eXtension Virtual Conference are now available at

The conference, titled "A Symposium on Working Differently," featured keynote speakers: Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, a non-profit, non–partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the Internet; Nancy White, Full Circle Associates, an international practitioner in understanding and practicing online group facilitation of distributed work, learning and community groups and Harold Jarche, Jarche Consulting and the Internet Time Alliance, which helps organizations make sense of the Web for community building, collaboration, professional development and communication.

The conference also featured Critical Conversations on How to Engage Clientele Effectively Using Social Media Technologies; Incorporating Sense of Place, Values, and Personal Perspectives into Extension Teaching and Learning; Expanding Women in Agriculture Programs Through Creative Networking and much more.

Check out the conference recordings at at

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New Site Highlights Professional Development Opportunities

eXtenion's upcoming and recorded professional development opportunities are now easier to find with the launch of the new eXtension Learnsite at

The new Learn site features an easy-to-read calendar of upcoming professional development events. Click on any upcoming event to learn more about it and to indicate your interest in that topic, if you are logged in with your eXtension ID. There also is a list of recent events. Clicking on one of these accesses the archive of the session. You can also express your interest in the event topic and/or indicate that you attended the event.

Recording your interest or attendance for a particular event will populate two additional lists on the Learn site: Your Attended Events and Your Interested Events. These personalized lists are a great way to keep track of your own professional development.

The lists of recent eXtension professional development events also is available through the NDSU Extension Professional Development siteat

If you do not have an eXtension ID, get one by visiting people.extension.organd clicking "sign up for one!"

Bob Bertsch, (701) 231-7381

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University System Transitioning to Outlook for Consistent E-mail and Calendar

N.D. University System schools are moving to consistently use Outlook for e-mail and calendaring. For Agriculture and University Extension, this means more efficient support and much easier scheduling among colleagues. Agriculture and University Extension faculty and staff probably will transition in mid-October. The first step for many is to start using Outlook instead of another e-mail client (Pegasus, Thunderbird, etc.). Training with recorded step-by-step screen captures and live Wimba sessions soon will be offered to help with this step. Additional recorded and live training will be offered on how to export current Outlook files and import them into the Outlook version on the new exchange server. Everyone should start deleting unnecessary e-mail files now to make the transition easier. Even those who now use Outlook will have to export and import files. More information is at, and details will be shared soon on how Agriculture and University Extension faculty and staff will make the transition. Becky Koch, (701) 231-7875,

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