We need your help for our Fall Extension Conference

As you know, our Internet-based Michigan State University Extension Fall Extension Conference is scheduled for October 18–22, 2010. I’m excited about the possibilities that the online format will bring! I hope that you’ve been considering leading at least one of the breakout sessions: a 15-minute poster blog, a 30- to 45-minute presentation or a skill-building session. Please consider sharing a summary of a project, program or course you’re proud of; or teach us something that could help us be better educators, researchers or evaluators. We need to learn from you!

 If you do a poster session, your presentation will be available throughout the conference, supported by a pre-recorded audio explanation. During the conference, there will be a designated 15-minute timeslot where conference attendees can join you for a live blog-type Q&A about your project! You are also encouraged to include supplemental resources

 Do you have more to share than a 15-minute poster blog can accommodate? Then the 30- or 45-minute presentation sessions are for you. Create a presentation in PowerPoint or another medium, build in some question & answer time, and let others know what you have accomplished. You could also propose a panel discussion or presentation with some of your colleagues, or a photographic review of your impacts.

 You each have a skill or core competency your colleagues might benefit from learning. Offer a 30- or 45-minute session to help others learn and maybe even practice your competency. These sessions should involve participants in discussion, demonstration and hopefully practice. We want to be very hands on.

 We already have some great sessions submitted but need yours to make this conference the best it can be. The deadline to submit your proposal is July 9. To submit, please go to http://web2.msue.msu.edu/fec/rfp.cfm.

 If you have questions please contact Megghan Honke at honkemeg@msu.edu or 517-353-3175, ext. 229, or Lela Vandenberg at vanden34@msu.edu or 517-353-1898.

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