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Student Affairs and Technology

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

September 13, 2011 - 8:45pm
Initially, this post was going to be titled: "If you've ever sent "unsubscribe" to a listserv, please break the glass and read this post immediately." Unfortunately, that many words won't fit in our blog headers. Alternatively, I was debating whether or not I should include lemmings somewhere in this post as it seemed rather apropos. If you haven't already guessed, this post is all about listservs. While not a how-to per se, I have decided to write up a short treatise on that which seems to elude most listserv subscribers: the simple act of unsubscribing from a listserv.
September 5, 2011 - 3:00pm
Growing up in Iowa, the typical grocery store fruit options included: apples, bananas, pears, peaches, watermelons, and grapes. After a brief stint living in the Caribbean, I broadened my taste buds when it came to trying different types of fruit. In St. Lucia, I ate tamarind, mangoes, and coconuts. Trying new foods has always been something that I try to do when I can.
August 30, 2011 - 1:45pm
Should the student affairs professional who is responsible for your assessment efforts also be in charge of your communications strategy? That is the question that I have been asking myself ever since I came upon a recent job listing on Inside Higher Ed. Having read the evaluations from my student affairs communications webinar, I can say without hesitation that most schools would love to have split roles if possible.
August 25, 2011 - 5:00pm
On Monday, Jeff Lail posted a tweet with a link to a story about a possible FERPA violation at Talladega College. According to the Daily Home, the Talladega College president is accusing a local politician of a privacy violation.
August 24, 2011 - 4:31am
In a bold move, Elmhurst College, a small private school in Illinois, has done something novel and just -- include a question about identity on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity on their admission form. According to Campus Pride, Elmhurst College is the first U.S. institution to implement this demographic question.
August 17, 2011 - 3:45pm
It seems like Facebook is everywhere these days. With more than 750 million active users the site is a juggernaut. Facebook is an unstoppable social force that when used for good has been the catalyst for a 7 year social media revolution.
August 11, 2011 - 4:15pm
In 2011, newsletters have to be social, mobile-optimized, searchable and accessible. Email-only newsletter generally have high open rates, but their content is not available via the web. PDF-based newsletters can be visually captivating, but they are often not optimized for accessibility. Several of us send out PDF newsletters via email subscription lists. A major element that is lacking with this distribution system is that it is one-way. Comments and social sharing are limited. Recently, I was asked about my thoughts on how to create a more modern newsletter solution.

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