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The Future Belongs to the Curious: A Manifesto for Curiosity

The Future Belongs to the Curious: A Manifesto for Curiosity | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Thanks to Maria at www.brainpickings.org for sharing this video celebrating curiosity and lifelong learning produced by Skillshare.

 

I think it's critical that Extension educators remain curious and encourage that same curiosity in their clients. 

 

We should also strive to create content and learning opportunities in a way that sparks curiosity.

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eXtension Network Literacy Goes Live

eXtension Network Literacy Goes Live | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Online content produced by the Network Literacy Community of Practice has gone live on the eXtension website, http://www.extension.org

 

In addition to the "What Is Network Literacy?" article linked above, the Network Literacy CoP will be providing articles and information about computer literacy, online security and privacy, internet legal and ethical issues, social networking tools, evaluation and metrics, and research and trends.

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Somebody That I Used to Know - Walk off the Earth

5 people - 1 guitar.

 

A great example of collaboration.

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A Great Way To Curate Your Newsletter: Handpick

A Great Way To Curate Your Newsletter: Handpick | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Handpick is a great new service which allows you to curate a set of selected links to send out each day/week to your favorite groups of fans.

 

Though the use of a simple browser bookmarklet you can easily pick and save all of the most interesting resources and then have them sent out to your relevant subscribers.

 

How it works: "When you find a link you want to share, you click it, and it pops up a simple form for a title, link, description and a checklist of recipient groups you've created.

 

When you click 'share,' it doesn't buzz all your friends' phones right away. It collects links for you all day and sends an email digest to each group in the evening."

 

"Recipients of your Handpick links only get one message, and it arrives late in the day, when there's more time for thinking.

 

You create groups of contacts using whatever criteria you choose, and each group gets one message around 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

 

It has support for desktop and iPhone browser bookmarklets, a Chrome extension, and it can link with Instapaper."

 

Read the full review from ReadWriteWeb here: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/handpick_selective_social_sharing_without_the_nois.php 

 

Sign up for the beta here: http://handpick.me/ 

 

Originally posted by Robin Good at Content Curation World, http://www.scoop.it/t/real-time-news-curation


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Where in Cooperative Extension can I find X?: Google Custom Search

Where in Cooperative Extension can I find X?: Google Custom Search | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Here is another great learning opportunity from eXtension Learn.

 

If you are an Extension professional, this session will help you use a great resource for locating answers to client questions.

 

If you don't work in Extension, you can learn to use the custom search to access research-based, objective information from land-grant universities across the nation.

 

"Where in Cooperative Extension can I find X?: Google Custom Search" starts at 1 p.m. (CT) on January 4, 2012. For more info, go to http://www.extension.org/learn/event/374

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Why work and life shouldn't be separate

Companies that want to have a truly positive impact need people who are fully engaged with their work and aren’t afraid to bring their genuine identities to the office.

 

This article has some really interesting things to say about the power of employees who feel like they have a purpose at work.

 

"Finding a sense of purpose at work is powerful because it allows people to go beyond balancing work and everything else to integrating what they do at work with their lives as a whole."

 

It would be easy to think that, because of our not-for-profit, educational mission,  Extension employees have or should have a sense of purpose in their work, but I'm not sure that's true.

 

In my own organization, I'm not sure we are doing enough to give our employees that sense of purpose, especially those employees who might struggle to see how their daily work directly effects the mission.

 

I worry that our sense of purpose as an organization is sometimes overshadowed by a focus on seeking out funding and humoring funders we already have.

 

Finally, I wonder if Extension's turnover rate reflects an organozation with employees inbued with a sense of purpose.

 

I feel lucky to have a personal sense of purpose that aligns with the mission of the organization I work for. I hope all Extension employees can feel the same way.

 

Do you feel connected to your organization's mission?

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5 trends driving the future of work | ZDNet

5 trends driving the future of work | ZDNet | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

"From legions of independent consultants to cities dotted with coworking facilities, the future of work is virtual, online and global."

 

Check out the "Future of Work" image included here. Skills of the future (I would say present) include, new media literacy, sensemaking, social intelligence and virtual collaboration.

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The Flipped (or Social) Webinar

The Flipped (or Social) Webinar | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

In this post, Jane Hart writes about making the webinar more social.

 

"I thought it might be a good idea to try the same with the traditional webinar model, and flip that. In other words instead of me presenting for most of the time, trying to find some rather contrived ways to interact with the audience via my slides, and then only spend a short time answering questions which the participants have had to think up on the spot – we should do the opposite."

 

At NDSU Agriculture Communication - Web Services, we've been trying to apply the "flipped classroom" concept to traditional training. Our "Twitter Cohort" asks participants to watch screencasts and do "assignments" in advance of weekly "Reflection & Sharing" webinars. This results in a real-time conversation driven much more by Q & A and group discussion.

 

You can find some of our materials at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/agcomm/training/twitter-cohort

 

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5 Free Tools for Quickly Hosting Online Brainstorming Sessions

5 Free Tools for Quickly Hosting Online Brainstorming Sessions | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Great resource from Free Technology for Teachers that @gcouros shared on Twitter.

 

Have you tried any of these? How did they work for you?

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To Grow, Leave What You Know Behind

To Grow, Leave What You Know Behind | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

I found this article interesting, not so much for the suggestions for change it includes, but more so for the title of and the final question in the article, "In your own work life, what are the traits that have made you successful in the past that you'll need to leave behind to be successful in the future?"

 

The idea that we need to leave things behind, even if they are things that have led to success, in order to move forward is fascinating to me. 

 

Thanks to Denis Labelle for sharing this article on Google+.

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5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited) Learning in the Social Workplace

5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited) Learning in the Social Workplace | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Interesting update from Jane Hart on the 5 Stages of Workplace Learning.

 

I wonder what stage most Extension organizations are at? I'd say my own organization is firmly in Stage 3. What stage do you think your organization at? 

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NDSU Extension Releases Winter Survival Kit Smartphone App

NDSU Extension Releases Winter Survival Kit Smartphone App | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

A new smartphone application from the North Dakota State University Extension Service will help motorists stuck in winter weather. It’s available free for both Android and iOS systems.

 

The app will help you find your current location, call 911, notify your friends and family, calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. You can also use the app to store important phone and policy numbers for insurance or roadside assistance, and designate emergency contacts you want to alert when you become stranded.

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New Scoop.it for Extension: Extension Works the Food System

New Scoop.it for Extension: Extension Works the Food System | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Abby Gold, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist/Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University Extension Service and University of Minnesota Extension, is now curating information about nationwide Extension work in the area of food systems.

 

Please follow her topic. This is a great example of working differently in Extension!

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Level of ‘levels’

Level of ‘levels’ | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

We rely a fair amount on Donald Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Learning Evaluation here at NDSU Extension Service, so I was more than intrigued when I saw Kirkpatrick's levels come up in this post by Clark Quinn.

 

Clark's post raises valid problems with the Four Levels. "In practice, first, folks seem to think that just doing level 1 (‘smile sheets’) is enough." Getting beyond level 1 seems to be the whole point of the Four Levels, but many people see level 1 as a starting point, one they never get beyond.

 

Another problem highlighted in the post comes via Clark's colleagues, "Now, one of the things my colleagues pointed out to me, beyond the failure in implementation, is that Kirkpatrick assumes that it has to be a course." I can't say that I have read enough Kirkpatrick to have gotten this impression. I can say that I think the goal of achieving level 3 and 4 learning evaluation can lead one to a learning design in which a specific audience can be identified and controlled. It's much easier to aspire to levels 3 and 4 delivering learning through a workshop or course than it is when delivering learning in less controlled environments.

 

Check out the full blog post at http://blog.learnlets.com/?p=2390

 

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Wikipedia is a top ‘referrer’ to eXtension’s Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Wikipedia is a top ‘referrer’ to eXtension’s Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
I have heard many Extension professionals claim Wikipedia is source of gross misinformation and an example of Internet evil. It's refreshing to see the eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center actually getting involved in the collaborative online encyclopedia and benefitting from their involvement.
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Blogging Tip: Making time for a commercially successful blog!

Blogging Tip: Making time for a commercially successful blog! | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

This is an interesting take of the time investment necessary for a successful blog.

 

Most of us may not ever have as many readers as Jim's Marketing Blog, but it's interesting to see his take on the investment and return.

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UNH Cooperative Extension re-organizes following funding drop

UNH Cooperative Extension re-organizes following funding drop | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
The University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension has undergone a major reorganization that included cutting more than 15 percent of its staff following a major cut in funding.

 

Be sure to check out UNHCE's full re-organization plan at http://extension.unh.edu/Re-Extension-Final-Report.pdf 

 

Goal 3 of the plan is "Greater Effectiveness through Enhanced Technology." Here's a quote from that section:

 

"UNHCE will work to expand the use of social media tools across all program teams to empower staff to interact with clientele through their desktops, laptops, tablet devices,
smartphones or other preferred technology. This will greatly help clientele access the information they need to make informed decisions in a timely fashion. All program teams will be expected to spend significant time developing and delivering educational programs and materials using social media and enhanced technology learning tools. While every program staff member will be encouraged to develop these skills, the requirement will be at the program team level, recognizing that some individuals have greater skills and abilities in this area"

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The Value of Lurking

The Value of Lurking | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

"Lurking is a logical, perhaps even vital, first step in engaging with an online network. Lurkers will come to understand the social mores and norms of a particular network, enabling them to join in the conversation appropriately when they feel ready. Most of us don’t enter a crowded room and start talking right away; we listen to the conversations going on around us, gravitate to those we find most interesting, and start talking when we feel we have something to contribute. Online networks are no different."

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Five Reasons Why Physicians (Extension Educators) Need to Use Social Media

Five Reasons Why Physicians (Extension Educators) Need to Use Social Media | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
Physician participation in social media is a health care imperative according to Dr. Kevin Pho, a practicing internist and the founder of KevinMD.com, a leading online health portal; however, many physicians remain skeptical about the value of social media.

 

Dr. Pho makes a great argument for social media use among doctors, but his argument is effective for Extension professionals as well.

 

Read the article making the following substitutions:

 

For "physician" and "doctor" substitute "Extension educator".

For "patient" substitute "client" or "citizen".
For "health stories" substitute "science stories" or "agriculture stories" or "nutrition stories" or maybe just "stories".

For "health care debate" substitute "animal welfare debate" or "GMO debate" or ... well, you get the idea.

 

Why do you think Extension professionals remain skeptical about social media?

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Six social media lessons from 2011

Six social media lessons from 2011 | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
MyCustomer.com looks back at some of the major developments in business use of social media over the past 12 months (RT @Worob: Six social media lessons from 2011 http://t.co/oUYoh6CB...)...
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Oregon State Honors Ask an Expert Team

Oregon State Honors Ask an Expert Team | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

The Oregon State University Extension Ask an Expert Deployment Team and Question Monitors have been selected to receive the Outreach & Engagement Vice Provost Award - Special Recognition for Organizational Transformation.

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People Are Not Your Greatest Asset - They Need To Be Empowered

People Are Not Your Greatest Asset - They Need To Be Empowered | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

"Many of us in business have heard the popular aphorism, "People are your greatest asset." Some of us may even believe it. But is this sentiment reflected in our corporate cultures and the way our leaders lead? 

 

Social media ushers in new ways to enhance your greatest asset, because it is about empowering people to collaborate at unprecedented scale. With powerful implementations of social media, we motivate people to form communities around a meaningful and common purpose . We enable them with new technology, seed content, and guidance on desired participation. The aim is to facilitate "mass collaboration" and its accompanying behaviors."

 

Thanks to Stephen Judd for sharing this in Google+

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Personal Learning on Scoop.it

Personal Learning on Scoop.it | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

My friend and colleague Anne Adrian has launched a Scoop.it curation site called Personal Learning.

 

The site will curate information on "formal and informal learning and education through open access to resources."

 

Please check it out and consider following.

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eXtension Learn Session on Google+, Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. (ET)

eXtension Learn Session on Google+, Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. (ET) | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Google+, what's the fuss?

 

At less than six months old, Google+ is one of the newest kids on the social media block. In this session we'll take a look at what makes Google+ different, and how it fits in your existing social network. If you don't already have a social media presence, you'll learn why you might consider starting with Google+.

 

We'll demystify the terms +1, Sparks, Hangouts, Brand Pages, and more. Whether you've never used Google+ or have been using it since roll out, you're sure to gain a new appreciation for the service.

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Sean Parker and Jim Breyer Predict the Industries Social Media Will Reinvent Next

Sean Parker and Jim Breyer Predict the Industries Social Media Will Reinvent Next | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

At the recent Techonomy conference, Sean Parker of Founders Fund and Jim Breyer of Accel Partners discussed how the world will be different three to five years from now.

 

Here are a couple of highlights that might be of interest to readers of "Working Differently in Extension."

 

Jim "Breyer gave evidence—from social-network-enabled crime fighting in Brazil’s favelas, to global skilled-laborer jobs training, to the 100,000 students in Stanford’s online machine learning class—of the expanding trend for governments, universities, and businesses to bring social media to bear on social progress.

His firm has already backed higher-education distance-learning companies in China and India, and is looking at others in Brazil."

 

>>>>>

 

"He’s also seeking ways for US professors and teachers to reach tens if not hundreds of thousands of students to build the skilled workforce the nation needs. “There’s absolutely no doubt in the next 5-7 years…the Stanfords, the Harvards, the MITs, as well as many other great US research universities, will be disseminating important content online at a fraction of what it costs students today to go to Cambridge or Palo Alto or other physical campuses,” Breyer said."

 

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"In fact, the “craft model” of self-employment in the arts is emerging off the radar of the national jobs policy conversation, Breyer said. He’s meeting college students who are deciding not to go to [work at] Facebook or Google, but to start their own craft- or social-oriented businesses that reach customers through nontraditional means, enabled by services like Square, Etsy, and AirBnB. “We’re seeing an explosion in that kind of employment. People are working from home or in small offices. It’s happening in the U.S. as well as China and Brazil and many emerging markets in a much more profound way than people think,” Breyer said."

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