Student Affairs and Technology

Student Affairs and Technology

News, tips, and practical insights about technology for student affairs practitioners by Eric Stoller.

August 25, 2010 - 8:15am
It's a good thing that the 2010 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is in October because it reminds me of Halloween candy -- so many amazing goodies to discover! For folks who are not familiar with EDUCAUSE, the annual conference has a bit of everything for anybody who is interested in technology:
August 19, 2010 - 9:15pm
As semester schools begin their academic year, and quarter schools brace for the start of the fall term, what types of new technologies/technology projects are going to be implemented within your student affairs division, department or area? Academic affairs does a really good job of bragging about technology innovations. It's time for student affairs folks to share their stories, their best practices, and their "new" tech ideas.
August 16, 2010 - 3:45pm
My parents have relied on phone-based modem access to the internet for years. In rural Iowa, reliable access to the web can be quite challenging. Knowing that my ability to connect to the web would be limited during a recent visit, I had planned on using my Droid X as a wifi hotspot for my connectivity needs. However, according to my dad, "the Verizon tower is really far away." I guess it literally is "one tower to rule them all" out here on an acreage surrounded by corn fields.
August 12, 2010 - 8:00pm
The Ohio State University (OSU) had been without a formal campus union since 2006. In 2010, the Ohio Union opened with much fanfare. More than 16,000 people attended the opening of the LEED certified union this past March. According to Kurt Foriska, Associate Director of the Union, social media was an integral part of the marketing of the new union. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were used as communications platforms to create buzz about the new union.
August 11, 2010 - 4:30am
I've been keeping track of as many tweeting Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAOs) as I possibly can via a Twitter list. It is interesting to see how different tweeting styles emerge based on personality, strategy, and a willingness to adopt social media from a leadership perspective.
August 6, 2010 - 4:15am
I have been using Delicious.com as my social bookmarking service for more than 2 years. It has become an indispensable tool in my online toolkit. I have more than 2,500 bookmarks and almost 500 unique tags in my account. If Yahoo, the current owner of Delicious, ever decided to charge a fee for the service, I would gladly pay whatever they asked. Delicious is my online memory.
August 3, 2010 - 4:15am
Five years ago, I was speaking with a technology provider about the accessibility of their service. A lot of their functionality was delivered via a Flash-based interface. Knowing that content in a Flash file could not be read by screenreaders, I inquired about the accessibility of the soon-to-be purchased technology solution. The response was lackluster. Section 508 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were not mentioned.
July 29, 2010 - 4:30am
If you have worked in student affairs since 2008, you are most likely aware of the ongoing conversations around the unification of ACPA and NASPA into a consolidated association for student affairs professionals. The process began in 2008 and has literally been a riveting topic of interest for practitioners. As a member of both associations, I have been fascinated by the unification progression.
July 27, 2010 - 12:30am
I am a self-identified web stats addict. I love logging in to Google Analytics and checking out the web stats from the various sites that I administer. While I acknowledge that the data that web analytics packages can track is a tad bit like "Big Brother," I think that student affairs practitioners should be tracking their web stats in order to provide relevant information to their students.
July 22, 2010 - 8:58pm
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2009 Career Services Benchmark Survey for Four-Year Colleges and Universities lists career counseling as the number one service offered by collegiate career centers. Teaching students how to conduct a job search is a crucial aspect of the career counseling process.

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