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September 19, 2008

Does "Building Extension's Public Value" need a presence on Facebook?

For Extension 2.0, I am looking (for the first time, I admit!) at social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. I know that these sites are being used for much more than catching up with friends, and they are no longer simply the domain of students. Nevertheless, to the extent that a presence on MySpace and Facebook is beneficial for Extension programs, my guess is that the greatest benefit will go to programs that reach out to youth. The benefit of a Facebook page for "Building Extension's Public Value," a program directed at Extension professionals, is not obvious to me. What do you think?

Sharing public value documents

For the Extension 2.0 web course, I explored some of the options available for sharing documents, calendars, and to-do lists on the web. The advantage of web-based documents is that they are accessible any time you are on the internet and can be shared with whomever you choose. One application for the "Building Extension's Public Value" program would be to make available curriculum documents and updates, to ensure that everyone who is teaching public value workshops nation-wide is using the most up-to-date curriculum.

September 4, 2008

Publicvaluewiki?

From the Extension 2.0 course website: "[Wikis] are web pages written collaboratively online by contributors, who are often their readers." The most famous, of course, is Wkipedia. I can certainly see the benefit of building a "Publicvaluewiki" to archive best practices in adopting the public value approach for Extension programs. I am eager to collect ideas and learnings from Extension colleagues across the country. But, I would like to have a single source for that collected knowledge--preferably this blog. If we have the blog and a Wiki separate locations, I doubt we will be able to draw people's attention to both resources. Is it possible to embed a wiki in a blog?