Last week's post about whether or not we need a technology in student affairs book generated quite a bit of discussion. With 13 comments (quite a lot for what's really a relatively new blog) and several tweets from #SAchat folks, the concept/project seems to be of significant interest to the student affairs community.
A few readers expressed concern about a book about technology becoming obsolete in a short period of time.
- Shawn Brackett:
"Anyone think it's ironic to be planning a *book* about technology? My chief concern would be the writing timeline--would it be outdated before it was published? Otherwise, cool idea!"
- Thomas Valdez:
"I still can't wrap my mind around how it'd work as a book. Data gets old so quick these days."
- Paul Cox:
"Love idea of #satech book idea, but static tech info a minus. E-format & blog thumbs up. #GoEricGo"
The concept that a technology in student affairs book would get dated is a little ironic. We rarely place the same pressures on other functional area texts. I am comfortable with a book on technology that has the same shelf life of other student affairs texts. Does a #SAtech book automatically face unique challenges or are we holding it to a different set of rules, values, and expectations?
- Brian Gallagher:
"They've got books that are about technology for k-12 teachers (from my last MA program) - so, it makes sense in my opinion."
Like a broken record, I keep coming back to the fact that a technology in student affairs book is conspicuously absent from our professional library.
- Ed Cabellon:
"It is such a huge need. If not us, who? If not now, when?"
- Rey Junco:
"There definitely needs to be a plan for dynamic content along w/ a traditional (or e-) book."
- Christopher Conzen:
"Continuing the convo re: #SATech ( @EricStoller ) book, seems appropriate if at least some if not most should be "crowd-sourced""
- Nicholas Cole:
"@thomasav @EricStoller How about something like @ginatrapani and @adampash's @gwaveguide? Wiki, but had a print run too. #sachat #satech"
Dear Publishers, we are here and we are ready. I love the idea of a living, web-based document to supplement a printed text. Crowdsourcing an online wiki might be a perfect way to develop a bit of technology competency while simultaneously contributing. This project is going to require momentum, energy, association support, and a courageous publisher.
- Josh Fry:
"I am very excited to see something like this take off and would love to be a part of it. Thanks Eric!!"
- Gary Honickel:
"I'm with all of you on this as it is a huge need. I'm always looking for #satech books"
- Kim Nehls:
"Loved your #satech book idea! You should DM @StylusPub with a proposal and link to blog. I think they would be open to idea!"
The overarching theme that is present throughout all of the comments is the need for some sort of technology in student affairs canon - a comprehensive set of learning documents that can be used to build a professional curriculum and competency base for student affairs professionals.
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