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You Are an Expert!

NDSU Extension staff have an easy tool to help them become the “expert” in their county or area.

Adding an eXtension “Ask an Expert” (AaE) widget to your local Ag CMS website encourages site visitors to ask questions 24/7 and allows you to be the expert and build rapport with your clientele.

When a visitor to your local site types a question in the widget, you will receive an email from eXtension stating you have a new Ask an Expert question. You will then have the option to answer the question, research information then answer, or pass to another agent or question wrangler.

Only a handful of Ag CMS sites currently have the AaE widget. You can help the eXtension institutional team reach their goal of bringing this number to fifteen counties by 2015.

To learn more about adding the “Ask an Expert” widget to your webpage, visit this site: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/agcomm. You can also find additional information about eXtension on YouTube – NDSU Extension channel.

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Top 10 Reasons to Know and Use eXtension.org

Do you currently use eXtension.org? Whether you are new staff or someone who has been around for a number of years, this is a resource that will make your job easier! If you have questions regarding eXtension or Ask an Expert, you can contact any member of the NDSU eXtension Institutional Team who are listed on the left.

What is eXtension? It is unlike any other search engine or information-based website. eXtension is faculty and staff from land-grant universities across the country who work together to provide credible information.

10. Credible expertise

9.   Reliable answers based upon sound research

8.   Connections to the best minds in American universities

7.   Creative solutions to today's complex challenges

6.   Customized answers to your specific needs

5.   Trustworthy, field-tested data

4.   Dynamic, relevant and timely answers

3.   Need professional development, but don’t have funds to travel
www.learn.extension.org

2.    Need news articles and want a credible source
http://www.extension.org/all/articles  

1.    eXtension helps solve real-life problems in real time

- Dena Kemmet

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2011 National eXtension Virtual Conference

When Oct 17, 2011 08:00 AM to
Oct 19, 2011 05:00 PM
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Contact Phone 701-231-7381
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As a member of the eXtension Institutional Team, I’m sending a note of encouragement to all Extension staff across North Dakota to participate in  the virtual eXtension conference next week.

Comment from the 2010 virtual conference: 

"Being able to do this from my desktop is a key strength. We have no travel funds. Perhaps more important is the quality of the speakers. eXtension has a tradition of bringing in cutting-edge, current, exciting presenters."

 What's in it for you?

Excellent speakers! Rapid-fire interaction! No registration! No fees! No airline hassles! No per diems to worry about! No weird kids kicking the back of your seat! No airport parking nightmares! Sound enticing? Sound like your idea of professional development heaven?

Then join us October 17, 18, & 19 for the National eXtension Virtual Conference!!!

The 2011 National eXtension Virtual Conference brings together an outstanding lineup of speakers for More Mind Reach, October 17, 18, & 19, 2011. Anyone working to reach and interact with the public will be interested in this active and reactive virtual conference designed to build your knowledge skill set about the changing world of information today and for the future.

To attend the NeVC2011 go to: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/broadcasts/nevc2011 (until October 17 you will see a static web page for the conference).

We realize that many of these sessions might fall during your lunch break. Grab your lunch, gather some colleagues around your desktop or laptop, and stay tuned for an outstanding professional development experience!

For more information on the schedule and speakers, go to: http://about.extension.org/2011/10/05/nevc2011-outstanding-professional-development-free-avoid-travel-hassles/

If you have any questions about working with eXtension, please contact me or any of the other NDSU eXtension institutional team members.

- Debb Pankow

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eXtension - It's Worth Your Time

As a member of the eXtension Institutional Team, I’m sending a note of encouragement to all staff across North Dakota to learn more about eXtension and find out how you can become involved!

The foundation of eXtension work is the network of support it offers to both county and state staff and specialists. One area that I find very useful in my county work is the weekly news articles. If you need a topic for a weekly news article, take a look at the “News” link on the www.extension.org home page.

If you are new to Extension work, read about the various Communities of Practice (CoP). Rather than working in isolation and possibly duplicating efforts across states, CoP members have a more holistic view of programming across the nation. You can use that knowledge to import or adapt resources from other states to address your own programming needs.

This broader perspective results in an opportunity to assess needs and strengths for the nation. Programs may be developed and disseminated via eXtension to address specific needs and gaps. This ability to assess and then create together benefits all of the CoP members, and ultimately, the clients that we serve. 

To learn more about eXtension please view this video that was shared with staff at a recent Extension conference: http://tinyurl.com/3e5nbyz

Being involved with eXtension is a give and take. Hopefully you can find ways to contribute as well as resources to use. 

If you have any questions about working with eXtension, please contact me or any of the other NDSU eXtension institutional team members. 

- Dena Kemmet

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eXtension - Check It Out

Last month Carl Pederson wrote about his reasons for joining eXtension. For me, eXtension goes back to my involvement in one of the first Communities of Practice, Entrepreneurs and Their Communities. I joined the groups as it was my passion and fit my role.  I knew that existing and aspiring business owners had lots of questions they wanted answered.

Being a part of this larger community provided 2 important resources for me – I had others to turn to when I didn’t know the answer (yes, hard to believe but it happens often). Second, I had others supporting me so that questions were answered faster. It does not matter if I am out of town, the shared efforts of all of us working together on eXtension meant people had answers when they needed.

I also joined eXtension for networking opportunities it offers.  I have contacts across the country now.  These may not have occurred if I had not been a member. It also allows me to share information I find or develop to help my colleagues in their work.

Finally, there are opportunities for professional development such as online courses and regular webinars.  Small business owners are facing new marketing challenges with all of the social networking tools.  To help them, I need to know what is going on.  So on Wednesday, 8/3, there was a webinar regarding Facebook including the FB page that businesses would use. On August 25th, there will be another session on how the effective use of social media  means to listen and engage and not just tell.  I need that reminder and look forward to the session.  And if you miss a session, don’t worry, they are archived so you can listen anytime.

Does it take time? Yes, but it is not overwhelming and your time commitment can be controlled.  Is it worth it? Absolutely!!

- Glenn Muske

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A little help from my eXtension friends

Need some help? Think eXtension.

The eXtension effort can be beneficial for county, area and state educators alike.  Here are just a few brief examples that I learned about from colleagues here and at the recent National eXtension conference. 

  • Weekly news articles – If you need a topic for a weekly news article, take a look at the News link on the www.extension.org home page.  You can easily see recent news items that might fit the particular need in your county or specialty area by looking at all the most recent articles tagged with keywords that fit your specific geographical or topic area.  For example, if you have some dairy interests, enter the word dairy into the search box and it will show all the recent news items tagged with the word dairy.
  • Social media – An exciting way to make contact with people in the state.  If you want to see social media in action, you simply need to look at the Ward County Facebook page providing flood information: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/WardCountyExtension
  • Ask an Expert (AaE) on Web pages – As educators it is important to show that our efforts are having some impact, while visits to websites are not always indicative of transformational education, it still can be at least one piece of the puzzle. By participating in the Ask and Expert system you can interact as well as directly see what information the people in your area are currently seeking. Here is an example;  eXtension has a Google Analytics account that allows you to see a variety of statistics about eXtension pages.  I checked the Google Analytics while out of state for the Home Energy AaE pages that I work with and noticed a very strong spike of views of an FAQ (Frequently Answered Question) I answered a few years ago on replacing wet fiberglass insulation.  Obviously there is a need and people are seeking that information.  By knowing this, I was able to provide timely additional information that people are already seeking in a news release last week.  

I wanted to send out this quick note about a few things concerning the benefits that I have gained by participating in eXtension that will hopefully be translated into better information and programming for the people I serve in our state. 

If you have any questions about working with eXtension please let me or any of the other NDSU eXtension institutional team members.

 - Carl Pedersen

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