Higher Education Webinars
News, tips, and practical insights about technology for student affairs practitioners by Eric Stoller.
September 10, 2010 - 4:15am
It was announced today that Harrisburg University of Science and Technology would be conducting a "social media blackout" next week. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and AOL Instant Messenger are going to be blocked for access by the campus network. My first thought: how did LinkedIn escape the blockade? And, do students even use AIM anymore? My next reaction was to look into sending a semi trailer packed with MiFi devices to Pennsylvania.
September 7, 2010 - 4:15am
I'm currently a two calendar person. For my academic advising position at OSU, I utilize Outlook as my primary calendar. Advising appointments are placed on my calendar throughout the day. During peak advising, it's not unusual for my calendar to have 12 advising appointments on it for every day of the work week. Outlook tells me where I am supposed to be at every hour of the work day.
September 2, 2010 - 10:15pm
Summer orientation programs are almost over. Welcome week activities are currently in progress. The first week of classes has begun. In other words, it's the end of summer, and the fall term is ready to begin. With thousands of students streaming to campuses across the country, student affairs professional are ramping up their programming endeavors to assist students as they navigate, get oriented and make the transition to campus.
August 29, 2010 - 9:15pm
Most of our students are not on Twitter. In fact, most people are not on Twitter. Do these statements dissuade me from promoting the use of Twitter when I speak at conferences? Not at all. Twitter is an amazing communication and engagement tool. I am frequently on Twitter asking questions, sharing information, and networking with other higher education professionals. Web-based microblogging is an exceptionally powerful medium.
August 26, 2010 - 9:00am
I remember when I first saw the Verizon Wireless commercial featuring the Layar Reality Browser. It looked like something out of a science fiction movie. When my student web coordinator came in to the office with her iPhone, I asked her if she had ever heard of "Layar." She had not heard of it so we downloaded it from the App Store. I was amazed at how the app used the phone's camera, GPS and Internet access to create a virtual layer of information over the image being displayed by the phone.
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.
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