Higher Education Webinars

Student Affairs and Technology

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

July 5, 2011 - 8:15pm
Does your institution regulate your contact with students on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn? I've read several conversations about whether or not we should connect with students in online social spaces. Scores of professionals seem to insist on grouping every single social media site into an "all or nothing" / "yes or no" scenario. My opinion is that social media are far too nuanced for one "policy" that covers every site. Here is my take on the top three social media sites. Agree, disagree, that's okay with me, but at least note that not every social media site is the same.
July 4, 2011 - 8:30pm
Let's face it. Google and Facebook aren't creating social networks for altruistic reasons. While Google and Facebook compete in the multi-gazillion-dollar ad revenue space, we, as social media consumers/communicators, get to benefit from their innovations. Google+ has been getting a lot of "buzz" lately as it is Google's latest foray into creating a service that can compete with Facebook.
June 30, 2011 - 7:30pm
I had the opportunity to attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference and Exposition this week. With almost 13,000 attendees and more than 10,000 backchannel tweets (via #ISTE11), ISTE is the largest #edtech event in the United States. Primarily a K-12 event, ISTE felt quite a bit like the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.
June 23, 2011 - 1:16pm
My first thought when I read Michael Fienen's excellent blog post on "flipbooks" was that the leadership of every single student affairs association should read it. And then they should read it again for good measure. Go ahead, I'll wait.
June 21, 2011 - 7:00pm
"Doing more with less." It's a familiar saying for folks who work in higher education. One casualty of budget reductions has been funding lines for professional development. Some of my colleagues have been restricted from traveling out of state for conferences and the overall climate of professional development within student affairs isn't very positive.
June 16, 2011 - 8:15pm
Last summer I wrote a post on my personal blog about a plugin that makes it easy to optimize a self-hosted WordPress blog for mobile devices. Apparently the heat of the summer got to me and I never shared it with readers on this site. When I purchased a Droid X last year, I started consuming massive amounts of web content via the mobile web. My own personal blog rendered in a way that was almost unreadable.
June 7, 2011 - 7:15pm
Where do student affairs practitioners go for information about technology and student affairs? I generally point folks toward several websites, including: BreakDrink, The SA Collaborative Blog, Higher Ed Live, and of course (ahem) this particular blog.
June 6, 2011 - 8:00pm
The National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention (July 26-28, Denver, CO) is one of the marquee events for higher education professionals who work within what's known as "the funnel." According to the NCSRMR Twitter account, there are already more than 500 professionals who have signed up for the event.

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