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Technology and Student Affairs

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iStudentAffairs.com: A social networking site for Student Affairs administrators. 661 people have already signed up. The site runs off of Ning. I’m not sure if I have the life space for another website, but the discussions on iStudentAffairs.com have been interesting.

Technology panel: I’ll be on a panel for Academic Advising + Web 2.0 at the regional NACADA conference in Vancouver in March. I guess I’ll be chiming in on anything to do with accessibility, blogging, wikis, web statistics, podcasting, rss, etc. I’m walking out if someone calls Facebook an “emerging technology.”

Academic Advising Wiki:
I have convinced my colleagues that an internal knowledge base a.k.a. a wiki, would be highly beneficial for our office. I demoed an installation of MediaWiki (similar to the Oregon State University wiki) and hope to get it up and running next month. For more information on higher education and wikis, check out these videos on “21 days of Wiki Adoption“:

Mistaken Goal: Kevin continues to blog about technology issues from a student affairs framework. Someday he will write a book and it will be part of the general curriculum for college student services masters programs.

AdvisorTrac: If this company made their Academic Advising application more aesthetically pleasing, they would make a lot of academic advisors happy by saving trees and modernizing advising processes.

Bloghighed: “BlogHighEd is a Higher Ed blogger network. We aggregate the best of the best in higher ed from all areas: webmasters, marketers, counselors, vendors, consultants, and more.” I think it’s ironic that an aggregate site for higher ed bloggers is really an aggregate site for higher ed bloggers who are webmasters, marketers, counselors, vendors, consultants, and, what does “and more” really mean? It seems to me that this site’s focus is not as broad in scope as its name.

  • http://rhetoricalwasteland.blogspot.com Dennis

    I’m a little shocked that OSU’s Wiki has a space called “Rate My Professor,” both because I think it’s a horrible approach to take (“rating” has connotations I don’t like) and because it is probably either heavily moderated (and therefore undemocratic/watered-down) or, like RMP, will probably include a lot of juvenile and immature comments.

    Thoughts?

  • http://blog.swiftkickonline.com Tom Krieglstein

    Hey Eric,

    I want to comment on two fronts:

    1) Thank you for commenting on my post at The Student Affairs blog and caring about the intersection of student affairs and technology. It means a lot to me.

    2) This is a great list and I want to offer to the listThe Blog of the company I co-founded, Swift Kick. We’ve been working, commenting, and living within the nexus of student affairs, higher ed, technology, and web tools for about 4 years now. Lots of joys and pains in talking with schools about adoption.

    I’ve locked you into my RSS and can’t wait to keep up. Thanks!

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    @Tom – thanks for commenting. Stay tuned for some posts on academic advising and technology from my experience as a panelist at the regional NACADA conference in Vancouver, BC.

    The intersections of tech and student affairs have been my forte since forever ;-) It’s exciting to see more folks who are student affairs techies :-)

    Cheers!

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