Come join the public launch of eXtension on February 21, 2008, from 2:15
to 3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. MU Extension will have three participating
locations, complete with cake and balloons, where you can participate: 203
Whitten Hall in Columbia, Buchanan Extension Center in St. Joseph, and St.
Charles Extension Center in St. Peters. These locations will use Adobe Connect
(formally Breeze) to interactively connect to the celebration, which is
being held as part of the 2008 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington,
D.C. If you cannot travel to one of these locations, a live stream can be
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/webcast/ at the time of the
The celebration will focus on the public launch of the new eXtension
Web site that can be found at
http://extension.org/. The site already features
12 resource areas. The site’s goal is to deliver the best knowledge from
the smartest land-grant university minds across America.
To put your knowledge
to work with the eXtension initiative, you must first become a member of
a community of practice. These communities are where your colleagues from
around the county are collaborating and providing the best information about
your subject material.
To join a community of practice, you first need an eXtension ID. You get an ID by going to
clicking on “signup for one!” After you get your ID you can sign in and
see who else has IDs by clicking on “Find Colleagues.” Here you can list
colleagues by community, institution, location or position. At the writing
of this article Missouri had 166 IDs.
Once you have an ID, you can join
communities of practice at
http://cop.extension.org/wiki, view or help respond
to frequently asked questions at
http://faq.extension.org/, and enter your
events at http://events.extension.org/.
For general information about eXtension
go to http://about.extension.org/.