March and April 2012 Professional Development Opportunities

Here are a number of training opportunities for March and April:

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See details for each session at http://learn.extension.org.

Using the Optimization Score Card
12:00 pm MST, March 6, 2012. Presented by Ashley Griffin, Craig Wood.
Learn how to using the Optimization Scorecard to determine the optimization score of your Community of Practice and how the score leads to the development of an optimization plan. We will discuss multiple methods for using the score card whether the community is face-to-face or vi…

Institutional Team Web Conference – March 2012
12:30 pm MST, March 6, 2012. Presented by Kevin Gamble, Beth Raney, Dan Cotton, Terry Meisenbach, Michael Lambur, Paul Bonaparte-Krogh.
AGENDA: 1. Introduction of Institutional Team Advisory Committee 2. Introduction of SLVE Working Group 3. eXtension’s International Efforts 4. Highlights from the 2011 CSF/Metrics 5. eXtension Fellowship 6. Professional Development & LEARN 7. Around the Country…

Social Media and Mobile Technology for Ag Businesses webinar series
8:00 am MST, March 7, 2012. Presented by .
How many times each day do you see requests to “Like Us on Facebook,” “Follow Us on Twitter,” or “Check In on foursquare?” Have you ever searched for a business on Google and found a map to the location? Do you or someone you know use a smart phone to find information about busine…

Getting Volunteers off to a Successful Start
12:00 pm MST, March 7, 2012. Presented by Molly Frendo, Frank Cox.
Many volunteer organizations struggle with getting a potential volunteer all the way through the process of recruitment to beginning service. In this webinar, we will discuss the process of moving a volunteer through the interviewing, screening, and orientation processes in order …

Security and Organizational Risk Planning
12:00 pm MST, March 8, 2012. Presented by .
This presentation provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of security, disaster recovery and risk management. Participants will learn critical security principles that enable them to plan, develop, and perform recover planning and enhance overall securit…

Climate, Water, & Agriculture Webinar Series
11:00 am MST, March 9, 2012. Presented by Gerald May, Claire Layman.
Weather and climate are among the most important uncontrolled variables in agricultural systems. While access to fresh and abundant water is one of Great Lakes Agriculture’s greatest assets, increasing water use to meet the needs of residents, industry and agriculture has the pote…

Climate, Water, & Agriculture Webinar Series
11:00 am MDT, March 16, 2012. Presented by Lois Wolfson, Gerald May.
Weather and climate are among the most important uncontrolled variables in agricultural systems. While access to fresh and abundant water is one of Great Lakes Agriculture’s greatest assets, increasing water use to meet the needs of residents, industry and agriculture has the pote…

Getting the most from Facebook Insights
12:00 pm MDT, March 16, 2012. Presented by Karen Jeannette, Sarah Baughman.
Facebook provides users with free metrics on activity and users of your page. This session will review the metrics that Facebook provides, called Insights. Focus will be on how this information can be used to improve content and engagement.

Nutrition Programs for the Heat Stressed Herd
11:00 am MDT, March 19, 2012. Presented by Jose Eduardo P. Santos.
Proper dietary programs are essential to cow health and performance during heat stress. Understanding what dietary changes can be made prior to and during summer heat stress are important for assisting thermoregulatory mechanisms of our modern high producing lactating dairy cows …

Improve Learning with Instructionally Sound PowerPoint Presentations
11:00 am MDT, March 20, 2012. Presented by Stan Skrabut.
Have you ever seen PowerPoint presentations that were basically all the Instructor notes or so much text it’s like reading a book? When most people create a PowerPoint presentation, they are actually hampering learning. We will explore how to improve your presentation to maximize …

Social Media and Mobile Technology for Ag Businesses webinar series
8:00 am MDT, March 21, 2012. Presented by Julie Fox.
How many times each day do you see requests to “Like Us on Facebook,” “Follow Us on Twitter,” or “Check In on foursquare?” Have you ever searched for a business on Google and found a map to the location? Do you or someone you know use a smart phone to find information about busine…

Tips and Tools for Creating Policy and Procedures for Mentoring Programs
12:00 pm MDT, March 21, 2012. Presented by Lisa Bottomley.
Does your program have an updated policy and procedure manual? If not, then this webinar is for you! A clear and comprehensive policy and procedure manual helps guide all components of a mentoring program. Prior to this session, participants will be provided with a link to downloa…

Pinterest for CoPs, County Agents, Specialists, and Outreach Educators
10:00 am MDT, March 22, 2012. Presented by Amy Hays.
Pinterest is a relatively new social networking tool that creates social networks around a users “interests”. There is certainly a high level of use for personal “pinning” but there is also a potential to use this tool for public outreach and education. This session will focus o…

Improve Learning with Instructionally Sound PowerPoint Presentations
11:00 am MDT, March 22, 2012. Presented by Stan Skrabut.
Have you ever seen PowerPoint presentations that were basically all the Instructor notes or so much text it’s like reading a book? When most people create a PowerPoint presentation, they are actually hampering learning. We will explore how to improve your presentation to maximize …

Twitter: measuring your reach and engagement
12:00 pm MDT, March 22, 2012. Presented by Karen Jeannette, Sarah Baughman.
Ever wonder if all that tweeting is making a difference? This session provides an introduction to figuring out if you are extending your programmatic reach through Twitter. Engagement or the extent to which you are building relationships through Twitter will also be covered.

Climate, Water, & Agriculture Webinar Series
11:00 am MDT, March 23, 2012. Presented by Gerald May.
Weather and climate are among the most important uncontrolled variables in agricultural systems. While access to fresh and abundant water is one of Great Lakes Agriculture’s greatest assets, increasing water use to meet the needs of residents, industry and agriculture has the pote…

Question Wranglers’ Meetup – March 2012
12:00 pm MDT, March 27, 2012. Presented by Beth Raney.
An opportunity for state Question Wranglers who help with questions submitted via Ask an Expert by the public at www.extension.org, to get familiar with your role and the tools available to make it easier, ask questions, and share experiences & tips. (for eXtension Question Wr…

Climate, Water, & Agriculture Webinar Series
11:00 am MDT, March 30, 2012. Presented by Gerald May.
Weather and climate are among the most important uncontrolled variables in agricultural systems. While access to fresh and abundant water is one of Great Lakes Agriculture’s greatest assets, increasing water use to meet the needs of residents, industry and agriculture has the pote…

Institutional Team Web Conference – April 2012
12:30 pm MDT, April 3, 2012. Presented by Terry Meisenbach.
Meeting of all members of state eXtension Institutional Teams. Please join us! Join us the first Tuesday of each month for a meetup of eXtension Institutional Teams! See the community listing in People at http://www.extension.org/people/communities/80.

Social Media and Mobile Technology for Ag Businesses webinar series
8:00 am MDT, April 4, 2012. Presented by Robert Leeds.
How many times each day do you see requests to “Like Us on Facebook,” “Follow Us on Twitter,” or “Check In on foursquare?” Have you ever searched for a business on Google and found a map to the location? Do you or someone you know use a smart phone to find information about busine…

Creating your own Learning Network
9:00 am MDT, April 4, 2012. Presented by Stephen Judd.
This is the first webinar in the three-part series “Getting online information to come to you,” but stands alone, so feel free to attend, regardless of whether or not you participate in the others. Today we face a problem, not of information scarcity, but an over abundance of i…

Advanced Social Networking
12:00 pm MDT, April 4, 2012. Presented by Lisa Bottomley.
Are you well versed and comfortable using social networks? This session is designed for those who have mastered the basics. We will demonstrate how to best utilize social networking for your program and explore some features that are available. You will explore a number of social …

Balancing Work and Family: A Focus on Building Military Family Resilience
9:00 am MDT, April 5, 2012. Presented by Angela Wiley.
Sponsored by the Family Development Concentration Area of eXtension’s Military Families Learning Network April 5 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Eastern Angela Wiley, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Applied Family Studies and Extension Specialist University of Illinois Commander Da…

Financial Implications of Relatives Raising Children While Parents are Deployed
12:00 pm MDT, April 5, 2012. Presented by .
Dr. Sandra Bailey of Montana State University will present the financial implications relatives raising children while their parents are deployed for the Military Families Learning Network.

Economics of Heat Stress: Implications for Management
11:00 am MDT, April 9, 2012. Presented by Albert De Vries.
Heat stress costs the American dairy industry approximately 1 billion dollars annually in production losses. Understanding the economic consequences of employing various strategies to reduce the effects of heat stress and how this affects the dairy farm’s profitability is importa…

RSS feeds and feed readers
9:00 am MDT, April 11, 2012. Presented by John Dorner, Stephen Judd.
This is the second webinar in the three-part series “Getting online information to come to you,” but stands alone, so feel free to attend, regardless of whether or not you participate in the others. We often find reliable and interesting sources of information, but find it diff…

Financial Implications of Divorce
9:00 am MDT, April 12, 2012. Presented by Barbara O’Neill.
Dr. Barbara O’Neil is a Professor and the Cooperative Extension Specialist in Family Resource Management at Rutgers University. Dr. O’Neil is project director for the national Cooperative Extension’s basic investing program, Investing for Your Future. She has written more than 1,5…

Climate, Water, & Agriculture Webinar Series
11:00 am MDT, April 13, 2012. Presented by Gerald May.
Weather and climate are among the most important uncontrolled variables in agricultural systems. While access to fresh and abundant water is one of Great Lakes Agriculture’s greatest assets, increasing water use to meet the needs of residents, industry and agriculture has the pote…

Social Media and Mobile Technology for Ag Businesses webinar series
8:00 am MDT, April 18, 2012. Presented by Jeffrey Hyde.
How many times each day do you see requests to “Like Us on Facebook,” “Follow Us on Twitter,” or “Check In on foursquare?” Have you ever searched for a business on Google and found a map to the location? Do you or someone you know use a smart phone to find information about busine…

Finding and following on online networks
9:00 am MDT, April 18, 2012. Presented by John Dorner, Stephen Judd.
This is the third webinar in the three-part series “Getting online information to come to you,” but stands alone, so feel free to attend, regardless of whether or not you participate in the others. Whether it’s figuring out the next book to read, movie to see, or contractor to …

Cooling Strategies During Heat Stress

11:00 am MDT, April 23, 2012. Presented by .
Presenter: Dr. Pete Hansen, University of Florida Cooling dairy cows is the most important strategy to improve both milk production and reproduction during summer months. Opportunities that dairy farms can utilize to evaluate the effect of heat stress on their dairy will be dis…

Question Wranglers’ Meetup – April 2012
12:00 pm MDT, April 24, 2012. Presented by Beth Raney.
An opportunity for state Question Wranglers who help with questions submitted via Ask an Expert by the public at www.extension.org, to get familiar with your role and the tools available to make it easier, ask questions, and share experiences & tips. (for eXtension Question Wr…



American Society for Training and Development – Northern Rockies Chapter

March 12, 2012 “How to Create Effective Performance Interventions” with Kevin Shrum

This workshop uses a case study to examine how to identify true organizational needs and their corresponding corrective actions or interventions. You won’t want to miss this ASTD-Northern Rockies Chapter event in Cheyenne if you want to know:

  • When and when not to use traditional training
  • How to diagnose identified problems to determine the root cause
  • How to develop an intervention to address the real issue instead of the symptoms
  • How to transition from “just a trainer” to a true performance Improvement consultant

Date: Monday, March 12, 2012
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: LCCC, 1400 E College Dr., Cheyenne, WY 82007
Cost: $15 NRC Members and Partners/ $25 Nonmember

Register at: http://www.astd-nrc.org/events.htm

March 20, 2012 “The Five Superpowers of Learning” with Anders Gronstedt, Ph.D.

A new breed of game-savvy, socially-networked people are entering your work force, with little patience for the traditional doldrums of one-way, eLearning and webinar dronathons. They want to be engaged, in control, and part of the storyline, with learning that focuses on doing, simulating, socializing, playing, sharing, and collaborating. How are you reaching out and energizing a dispersed organization of digital nomads? In this session, we’ll discuss five design principles of the digital age:

  1. Tell a story: Hollywood-style, character-rich, story-centered learning simulations are redefining learning-by-doing.
  2. Play a game: Game concepts such as points, levels, time pressure, and cut scenes make learning engaging.
  3. Make it social: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and similar company internal social networks are embedding learning in every-day work processes and connecting people with each other.
  4. Make it immersive: A new generation browser-based, high fidelity 3-D virtual worlds are energizing learning.
  5. Make it mobile: iPads and smart phones are changing the paradigm from employees coming to the classroom to the classroom coming to the employees.

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Collindale Golf Course CB&Potts, 1441 E. Horsetooth Rd, Fort Collins, CO
Costs: $15 NRC Members and Partners/ $25 Nonmembers

Register at: http://www.astd-nrc.org/events.htm

Anders Gronstedt, Ph.D. (anders@gronstedtgroup.com) is the president of Colorado-based Gronstedt Group, which helps global companies like Coldwell Banker, Deloitte, Dell, HP, Jamba Juice, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Eli Lilly and United Healthcare and government clients like the City of New York improve performance with innovative learning approaches, including next-generation digital simulations, podcasts, vodcasts, mobile learning, social media, gaming and immersive 3D virtual worlds; teaching people the skills they need in a context that’s immersive and energizing. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review and he is the host of the popular weekly virtual world speaking series “Train for Success” (http://www.facebook.com/TrainForSuccess)

April 10, 2012 “Strategic Planning: It’s Not as Complicated as You Think” with Ava Diamond, Big Impact Speaking

Being asked to facilitate a strategic planning process scares many facilitators. But it doesn’t have to be that way. All you really need to have are excellent facilitation skills, a model that makes sense, and a commitment to the client’s success.

Join Ava Diamond as she shares how to:

  • Make what can be a complicated, convoluted, drawn out process simple, engaging, and fun
  • Create a strategic plan that people actually use instead of putting in a drawer and forgetting about until the next strategic planning process a few years down the road
  • Create alignment between vision, mission, values, and what people actually do on a day to day basis

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Collindale Golf Course CB&Potts, 1441 E. Horsetooth Rd, Fort Collins, CO
Costs: $15 NRC Members and Partners/ $25 Nonmembers

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