Technology and Student Affairs

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.