Presented by Stephen Judd at the 2013 National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
Google+ is an online social network which allows people to connect, share, and collaborate. By combining personal connections, topical communities, and real-time video conferencing, Google+ has become a valuable tool for Extension professionals as they try to remain current in their fields and learn from their colleagues and other experts.
Professional development for Extension staff is critical to maintain and enhance their expertise. Online networks can facilitate this by providing connections to people with similar interests and providing a platform to share insights, resources, and ask questions.
This session will focus on the tools available within the Google+ platform that allow people to connect with each other, become members of communities of interest, and collaborate in real-time. We’ll also touch on sense-making - how the process of sharing resources and information can help you better internalize and apply the knowledge you share.
While not a step-by-step “how-to,” participants will come to understand why many of their colleagues are active on Google+ and how they can join in the conversation or enhance the experience they are already having.