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.
I'm often asked how I define "technology." For the purposes of this post, technology can be new hardware, software, and/or web-based services. Technology could be a new blog that you are using to promote campus activities, a new card swipe system for your campus dining service, or a new student information system to track campus conduct violations. Technology in student affairs can be an extremely broad area to write about, but it needs to happen in the broadest sense possible. Practitioners who share their stories help push student affairs towards a higher level of technology competency.
Today's network of student affairs practitioners spans the globe. Connected and experienced professionals can share their technology projects, implementations, and ideas with others long before a print-based publication. For example, I regularly use Twitter to poll my student affairs network on a variety of topics. Tweeting, commenting, and posting. This is how student affairs practitioners in 2010 get the word out about their innovative uses of technology.
Please feel free to share how your student affairs area is innovatively using technology this fall to serve your students.
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