Wednesday, October 28, 2009

2009 National eXtension Conference Recordings

eXtension held its first National eXtension Conference in St. Louis, MO October 20-23, 2009. Many sessions were web cast and recorded for future viewing. The following is a list of the conference's general and breakout sessions. You will be able to view and hear a recorded session by clicking on the link below each item.

General Sessions:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present
Bob Johansen, Institute for the Future

Ask an Expert Task Force Results
Kevin Gamble, eXtension Associate Director of Technology

Institutionalization of eXtension Panel
Representatives from each Extension Region

USDA Perspective
Roger N. Beachy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United State Department of Agriculture

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Embracing the Chaos (& other scary tales from the social web)
Tara Hunt, Author, The Whuffie Factor, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Citizen Agency

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cultivating Partnerships and Resource Development Panel

  • Michael Ouart, Vice Provost for Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Chair, eXtension Finance Committee
  • James Wade, Executive Director, ECOP, and Director of Extension and Outreach, Association of Public and Land- grant Universities
  • Deborah Sheely, Deputy Administrator, Competitive Programs, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Cathann Kress, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Military Community and Family Policy
  • Randel Raub, Director of Research and New Product Development, Purina Mills
  • Michael McGirr, National Program Leader, Sustainable Development, Global Engagement, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

National eXtension Awards

  • Community of Practice Partnership Award
  • Community of Practice Individual Achievement Awards
  • Outstanding Community of Practice
  • eXtension Champion Award

Note: You can read the official announcement of the winners here:

Closing Comments
Keith L. Smith, Director, Ohio State University ExtensionIncoming Chair of the eXtension Governing Committee

Breakout Sessions:

Wednesday, October 21

How to Host Your Own Webinar and Why
Floyd Davenpor

Technologies for Creating Educational Content for Online Programs
Floyd Davenport

Yes, a multi-state collaboration can produce success, plus more!
Jody Johnson

How the Virtual News Room Works for You
Lynette Spicer

Thursday, October 22

Sensemaking for Qualitative Research: The research methodologies used by the Ask an Expert Task force
Kevin Gamble

Using eXtension Tools, Technologies, and Concepts to Improve Extension Work
Jerold R. Thomas

Guidelines for Information Technology-based Promotion & Tenure Expectations and Metrics: A Proposal
Robert Hughes, Jr.

Implementing the eXtension Widget on County web sites in Ohio: A case study
Jerry Thomas

Evaluate Your Content with Google Analytics (by Category)
Ben MacNeill

Be, Grow, Create Phase 2 @ Oregon State
Mark Anderson-Wilk, Alex Stone, and John McQueen

Introducing ideas for establishing a social media strategy
Anne Adrian

Assessing County Extension Program’s Readiness to Adopt Technology: They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know
Dana Martin and Jeff Hino

Effective Review Standards: The Role of Authors, Editors, Reviewers, Users, and Communicators in Quality Control and Usability
Mark Anderson-Wilk

A Creative Approach to Generating eXtension Publications in the Family Caregiving CoP
Amy F. Hosier

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Updates for Adobe Reader 9 and Adobe Acrobat Professional 7, 8, & 9 Are Available

Adobe shipped a critical security update to its Adobe products on Oct 13, 2009 that addresses a vulnerability that can cause the application to crash and allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Note: To determine the version of any of the above applications, open the Adobe program. Then from the Help menu choose About Adobe, (name of program). You should see the version listed in a new box. Then, you can click anywhere on this box to close it.

The current version of the Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader is version 9.2. If you have earlier versions of Adobe Acrobat Professional, version 7 or 8, Adobe has released 7.1.4 and 8.1.7 updates as well.

Action Required: Ag IT recommends that College of Ag Science faculty and staff update any Adobe products to their current version.
  1. To update Adobe Reader 9 to the current version, follow our How To Install and Configure Adobe Reader v9 for Windows.

  2. If your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional v7, v8, or v9 installed as well, you should be able to use the built-in Updater program to update the software.
    a) From the Help menu choose Check for Updates.
    b) When the update is ready, click Install Now.
    c) Follow the rest of the prompts to install the update.

    Note: If the automatic updater does not find the latest updates, and your version is not the most current one, go to the Acrobat for Windows downloads page. Scroll down to locate the update for your version. Download and install.

    Note: Earlier versions of Adobe Acrobat Professional (version 6 or lower) will not be patched.
If you have Adobe Reader version 8.x on your computer, you should remove this version and update to Adobe Reader 9.2. See our How To Install and Configure Adobe Reader v9 for Windows.

The Adobe Security bulletin, Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, has additional information and links.