I leave for Philadelphia next Saturday to attend the 2011 NASPA Annual Conference. Thousands of student affairs practitioners and higher education vendors will be in attendance at one of the largest student affairs conferences in the U.S.
NASPA is doing a terrific job of getting attendees primed to participate via the conference backchannel. I've written in the past that the best backchannels are active before, during, and after a conference, and I think that this event has had a fabulous amount of pre-conference tweets.
Two additional highlights that I really appreciate for this year's annual conference are the inclusion of a new multi-platform mobile conference app as well as a major push for a more accessible conference.
There are going to be several sessions that will be relevant to the readers of this blog. I've been perusing the conference schedule and this is my first round list of potential sessions:
Student Affairs Technology
- SSAOs: Tweeting and Educating With Purpose
- Tracking the Social Footprint in the Hiring Process
- Social Media, Enriched Professional Development and the Future of Student Affairs
- Wired for Life: Engaging the Mobile Generation
- OMG, Is Anyone Else Like Me? Incoming Student Facebook Group Use
- @Twitter: Is Facebook Really MySpace?
- Don't Fence Me In: Skill Sets of Highly Effective SSAOs (While this one isn't specifically listed as tech session, I hope that technology is one of the SSAO skills...)
ACPA / NASPA Consolidation
- At What Price Unification? Senior Student Affairs Officers’ Perspectives
- NASPA/ACPA Consolidation – A Facilitated Conversation
- NASPA/ACPA Consolidation Town Hall Meeting
Which sessions are you most excited about? Will you be tweeting during the conference?
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