Category: Professional development

  • Webinar Lessons Learned and Recommendations

    At the research center I recently left, I was fortunate to be heavily involved in our webinars for a few years when we first started to conduct them.  After helping develop some of the routines and standard practices, including a checklist and standardized welcome slide, I remained somewhat involved the rest of my time but…

  • Thoughts on Backward Design

     This post will be less organized than most posts; some of these thoughts and ideas are still a little raw. Backward design – the method by which one begins with the desired end result(s) of an educational program, determines acceptable evidence showing that the result(s) has been achieved, and then creates a plan to teach…

  • Upcoming Student Affairs Technology Conferences

    After many years of being a side-discussion at other conferences, technology in student affairs is finaly taking center stage at two upcoming conferences: The Student Affairs Technology Unconference is being held on July 29, 2011, at Boston University. Although the agenda is not set (and will not be set until the attendees set the agenda…

  • Viewpoints on Social Media at WASFAA

    I’m in Appleton, Wisconsin, tonight because tomorrow morning I’ll be giving a keynote and then leading a concurrent session at this year’s meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA). In my keynote I’ll discuss using newer technologies to network with colleagues and in my concurrent session I’ll discuss using technology to…

  • NACA on Board With Our Student Affairs Conference and Events Calendar

    A few days after announcing the centralized and public Student Affairs Conference and Events Calendar, folks at NACA contacted me to ask if they could have edit permissions to add more of their events.  So not only is someone at NACA so clued in that they noticed this calendar but they’re also willing to pitch…

  • Student Affairs Conference and Events Calendar

    A few days ago, someone asked if there was a centralized calendar of student affairs conferences and events.  To the best of my knowledge, there isn’t.  So I’ve created one: This has all of the national and regional events currently listed on the websites of the following organizations: ACPA ACUHO-I ACUI NACA NACADA NASPA NIRSA…

  • 2010 NASPA Conference: Day One – Doc Student Seminar and social media

    Although I arrived in Chicago on Saturday, yesterday (Sunday) was my first day at NASPA.  I spent most of the day at the Doctoral Student Seminar, an event hosted annually by NASPA members to help doctoral students connect with one another and experienced faculty members.  There was not any technology focus for this event so…

  • Current Student Affairs Technology Events: Twitter & NASPA

    From my vantage point as someone who is deeply interested in student affairs and technology but not currently immersed in them (my classwork, research, and assistantship keep me quite busy!), here are some “current events” that are on my radar: The Twitter group using the #sachat hashtag continues to grow in size and popularity.  What…

  • Reflections from NASPA Region IV-E Regional Conference

    A few weeks ago, I spent a few days just outside of Chicago attending the NASPA Region IV-E Regional Conference. I was there primarily as the regional representative of the Technology Knowledge Community.  As the regional representative, I had two primary duties: Attend the Knowledge Community Gala before the opening dinner.  At this event, each…

  • EDUCAUSE and NASPA Continue Leading Into the 21st Century

    Several of our professional organizations are continuing to innovate, spurred in part by the economy. EDUCAUSE, the 900 pound gorilla of higher education technology organizations, has created an online component of their annual conference to be held in November in Denver.  Not only are several events in Denver being simulcast online but they’ve created several…