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Wednesday, December 2 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Building Networks for Organizational Learning

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In this session, leaders from the eXtension Network Literacy Community of Practice will help you understand networks; explain how network ties impact learning, collaboration and innovation; and share some strategies for building networks for learning in your organization. It is critical that those of us working in staff development in Extension understand the connections within our states and across our national organizations.

Like other organizations, Cooperative Extension is being profoundly affected by the network era. Providing access to research-based information from land-grant universities was once Extension's exclusive domain. Now, for many people, search engines have replaced calling the county Extension office or picking up the latest factsheet. As automation and algorithms perform more and more of the most straightforward tasks previously done by Extension staff, an increasing amount of Extension's value will be derived from the more complex work we perform.

As the most valuable Extension work becomes increasing complex, we need to adapt our approach to organizational learning. Complex work requires emergent practices, good or best practices. According to Harold Jarche, emergent practices are dependent on the cooperation of all workers and the free flow of knowledge. Knowledge sharing and innovation are dependent on the relationships and ties within an organization.

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Bob Bertsch

I am seeking and sharing insights on weaving collaborative networks. | | After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, I have found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. | | I'm currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and engagement coordinator for the eXtension Network Literacy community of practice... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am

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