North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Virtual Information Technology Conferences Kyleen_Burgess@ncsu.eduOverviewThe North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES) Extension InformationManagement Agents have held a virtual extension conference annually since 2009.During 2009 NCCES faced budget difficulties, the state wide face-to-face extensionconference for agents were cut thus resulting in limited training for extensionprofessionals. The NCCES Virtual Conferences are open to all who wish to attend,with focus given directly to enhance job performance to any level extensionprofessional (agents, support staff, directors and assistants/associates).On average during the three years of running the conferences we’ve had around 165participants per session.Technical DetailNC State University uses Elluminate Live! V10 virtual learning environment.Elluminate Live! is similar to Adobe Connect. Offices can connect either as a groupvia or personally at their desks. This tool provides polling, chat, emoticons as wellas video and presentation capabilities.Marketing/PromotionExamples of marketing promotional pieces:http://duplin.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=news&ci=EXCE+7http://duplin.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=news&ci=EXCE+2-We marketed the event a month out in advance via email and our NCCES Intranet-2011 we provided the same conference on two different dates to accommodateschedulesTopics2009 – Extension in The Connected Age – focused on various topicsBuilding Your Personal Learning Network – Wendy Drexler – focused on innovative uses of technologyPodcasting and iTunes University – NCCES StaffInternet Security – Greg Parmer, Auburn CEWhy Would Extension Professionals Want to Use Facebook or MySpace? – NCCES StaffLunch Keynote – How to Drink from a Fire Hose – Anne Adrian – eXtensioneXtension People Features and Open ID – Beth Raney – eXtensionUsing Clickers for Instant Feedback – Robin Brekke – Iowa CERSS: “The Come-To-Me” Web – Kevin Gable, eXtensionParticipating in eXtension Communities of Practice – NC CoP membersGoogle Docs: Better Than MS Office? – NCCES Staff
2010 – The Call to Interaction: Connect and Collaborate - Social MediaIncorporating Social Media Into Your Program – Andy KleinschmidtPutting Social Media Into Practice Panel Discussion – Panel discussion with NC extension agents who use social media effectively in their programsWhat does eXtension have for me? – Larry LippkeDo You Youtube? - Overview of YoutubeHow We Youtube! – Panel discussion with extension agents from various statesA Ning Group for NC Coopertive Extension2011 – Doing More With “Google Apps”Recording: http://slms.delta.ncsu.edu/play_recording.html?recordingId=1261500887156_1306931558942Gmail Web interfaceIntro to Google DocsGoogle Calendar & Google TasksGoogle Talk/ChatLogging into more than one Google account at a timeQuestion and Answer SessionWhat Did We Learn?-Day long virtual conferences although were well received were better to shorten-Harness in on one particular area or topic (like social media or google apps)-Tell them how they can use each topic and provide real life examples of folks usingthem-Give them a break for lunch to get up!-Be clear about what you’re teaching at the start of each session – some expect how-to’s but only got an overview.-Provide follow up trainings on topics covered if providing an overviewEvaluationStandard in our Extension Learning Management System. Each InformationManagement Agent follows up with detailed trainings.