Technology Knowledge Community 2.0

The NASPA Technology Knowledge Community has been resurrected!

Kudos to Leslie Dare, Kevin Guidry, et al. Leslie and Kevin, the new community co-chairs, are working on recruiting additional Technology Knowledge Community leaders/members. I am already virtually in line for TKC 2.0 membership ;-)

Blogs and Student Learning

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the “Blogs and Student Learning: Making Meaning and Connections through Graduate Student Portfolios” (PDF/2.3 MB) presentation that I co-presented with JW at the NASPA Western Regional Conference.

The presentation evaluation is located at

Blogfolio Blogging Presentation: Links

Here are all of the websites that JW and I gathered for our “Blogfolio” presentation.

Sites that were featured in the presentation:

Web Science Research Initiative

“The Web Science Research Initiative will allow researchers to take the web seriously as an object of scientific inquiry, with the goal of helping to foster the web’s growth and fulfill its great potential as a powerful tool for humanity.”

MIT and University of Southampton launch World Wide Web research collaboration:
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Cyber Communities – Emerging Issues Summit

PaperClip Communications is sponsoring a technology summit on Cyber Communities at the University of Tampa in January. I’ll be presenting two sessions on student development theory and the positive aspects of online communities/social networking sites. I’m charged with bringing a positive spin to the summit. I have two hours to educate participants that sites like Facebook and MySpace can add value to a student’s collegiate experience.

The irony of my PaperClip presentation is that they contacted me after they read this post. In the post I expressed my concerns regarding the vilification of technology within student affairs.

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Keeping Track of Higher Education

Diverse is the website for Diverse Issues in Higher Education. I subscribe to the magazine and enjoy a daily dose of e-news from Diverse. I’m not sure if the daily e-mail can be accessed without a subscription to the magazine…

Academic Impressions and University Business serve up 2 of the best daily e-mails on higher education news. They offer similar stories with slightly different slants.

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Giving presentations on web usability and web accessibility at conferences and workshops: 9

Talking about web standards and web accessibility at meetings: 1,476

Adding ALT attributes to images and testing Flash to see if it really can be compatible with screenreaders: 2,322+

Working on websites to ensure that they are accessible for all users: 11

Hearing my colleagues mention web accessibility, Section 508, and web standards before I do: Priceless.

Are students IT savvy in the right way?

Technology should also be a competency within graduate programs…

Are students IT savvy in the right way?

by Florence Kizza

July 2006

Students can e-mail, surf the web and send instant messages. But university professors say students are lacking in graphics, database and e-commerce skills. According to a survey of 1,287 instructors who teach IT courses at two-year and four-year colleges and universities, those professors also told surveyor, Thomson Learning:

  • Students should be required to take a course or prove IT proficiency in order to graduate (89% of responding instructors).
  • Internet research (76%) and Microsoft Word (89%) are the two most important skills needed for academic success.
  • Only 33 percent of students have advanced internet research capabilities, and 53 percent are skilled in Microsoft Word.
  • 76 percent of students have advanced e-mail capabilities, and 71 percent can surf the web with skill. However, just 19 percent of students have significant database abilities; 12 percent with graphics programs; and 10 percent in e-commerce.

From the Greentree Gazette

Technology articles for student affairs practitioners

Using an Online Immersion to Teach and Learn about Student Affairs and Technology

Extreme Makeover: Technology’s Effect on Student Affairs

The Net Generation Goes to College