5 Years with Inside Higher Ed

330 essays on higher education and technology

July 16, 2015
Five years of blogging at Inside Higher Ed

This was a momentous week for me. On Monday, I counted 5 years of blogging at Inside Higher Ed. It was the summer of 2010 when Scott Jaschik asked me if I would write for IHE. I was excited to write for what was then, and still is, my favorite higher education news site.

While the header graphic on this blog is in desperate need of a refresh, I hope that the content that I've crafted in this collection of posts has been of use to readers.

This is the 330th post on this site and I am very thankful that I get to continue writing essays on social media, technology, organizational culture, professional development, learning, teaching, career development, leadership, mobile apps, accessibility, engagement, etc.

In terms of posts per year, I definitely wrote a lot in 2011 and I'm on pace this year to match my 2014 total.

  • 2010 - 48 posts
  • 2011 - 95 posts
  • 2012 - 80 posts
  • 2013 - 34 posts
  • 2014 - 45 posts
  • 2015 - 28 posts

In 60 months of writing for Inside Higher Ed, I've averaged slightly more than 5 posts per month. My frequency of posting on my personal/professional site has definitely decreased as I focused my energies on this site. However, I've got a lot of writing/posting to do to match the 731 posts from my original blog.

The first 5 posts that I wrote on the "Student Affairs and Technology" blog (I should probably rename it to something a bit more encompassing...) seem as relevant today as they did back in 2010...for better or for worse. However, as I mentioned in 2010, paradigms are always shifting.

Accessibility will continue (as it always should) to remain an important aspect of anything that has to do with technology and higher education. Gadgets, services, apps, and gizmos can offer a lot of value for learning and teaching. We just have to make sure that everyone benefits from new technologies and that no one gets left behind.

Our understanding, collection, and analysis of analytics continues to evolve as we become more aware of what it is that we're actually trying to measure. Note that social media for engagement is still a slippery metric that isn't always directly measurable.

Career services professionals and the departments for which they work are gaining in importance as university focal points for topics like digital identity, employability, and social media skills. Universities, in 2015 and beyond, have to do a better job of teaching students the skills that will be necessary to thrive and succeed after graduation.

And, last but not least, let's hope that tech support departments (often maligned and rarely celebrated) open up access to the tools and technologies that staff and students need in order to be successful...in all aspects of their learning/working experience.

Thanks again to Scott and the rest of the amazing team at Inside Higher Ed. As always, I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be a blogger for this site.


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