Social, Digital and Tech Program Picks for the 2016 ACPA Convention

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What a difference a year makes!  When I started doing these blog posts in 2014 highlighting the tech-related sessions being offered at the ACPA and NASPA conferences, it required a lot more keyword searching and scrolling to compile these lists.  Now that Technology exists as its own competency area, the process has become significantly more easy!  Click, click… BOOM!.  In addition to the sessions being easier to find, the quality and number of them has also noticeably improved.  If you’re interested in one’s on tap for ACPA related to tech… have a look…

Sessions

Pre-Conference Study Tour Part II: Tour of the Quartier d’Innovation

Sunday, March 6, 2016
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 512F

The Quartier d’Innovation aims to integrate the four elements essential to a creative society: industrial, education/research, urban and social-cultural. Housed on and around the campus of the Ecole Technologique Superior (ETS) on the edge of Griffintown, one of Montreal’s fastest developing urban communities, the QI brings together public and private interests to collaborate on innovative projects that benefit Montreal, Quebec and Canada. The QI consists of work- and gathering spaces, residential units, active labs, art studios and much more. Join us for a walking tour across several aspects of this dynamic ecosystem, unique to Montreal.

Janice Johnson

Social and Digital Technology Competency Institute for College Student Educators

Sunday, March 6, 2016
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 513D

Today’s most progressive Student Affairs (SA) practitioners and faculty are recognizing the tremendous potential for technology as a core competency in administrative leadership and student learning. It’s crucial that SA educators understand digital technology in order to make informed decisions and model effective digital literacy and citizenship. Crisis management, student engagement, social media identity, and digital pedagogy are just a few areas explored in this fast-paced, interactive, and multimedia rich workshop. Guided by the new recommendations from the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies, presenters will also share the latest scholarship, research, and proven practice in this quickly-evolving area.

Ed Cabellon

Going Viral in College: The Impact of Social Media on Leadership Development

Monday, March 7, 2016
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 517B-D

Josie Ahlquist
Learning Management Systems: How Have They Changed the Student Experience?

Monday, March 7, 2016
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 514B

In the last 20 years, learning management systems have become ubiquitous on Canadian campuses. This adoption of technology has fundamentally changed the learning environment for today’s college student. This interactive program will report on the results of a recent study which explored the relationship between students’ perceived level of engagement in an online learning environment and their online behaviour as measured by log data for various LMS activities. Implications for current student services best practice will be discussed.

Krista Vogt

Going Digital: Meeting Today’s College Students Where They Are

Monday, March 7, 2016
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 521A

Technology and social media are essential to drive student engagement. Students want resources to be available and easily accessible 24/7. This session will explore the technology needs of today’s college students and how institutions can use technology to further enhance their student engagement efforts.

Brandon J Price

It is a Snap, Get the App! Linking Technology and Emotional Wellness

Monday, March 7, 2016
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 512C

How does technology, personal wellness, and mental health intersect with each other? In collaboration with the Georgia Tech Counseling Center (Division of Student Life) and Grand Challenges’ Team Fulcrum, a pilot study was conducted to develop a smartphone app, using Jawbone technology, for students to monitor 4 dimensions of personal wellness (i.e., physical, emotional, social, academic). This program will provide an overview of the pilot study and provide initial data and results. Future planning, development, and service implications will be discussed.

Ruperto M Perez

CEU Credit: 1

New Research, New Implications: Digitized Student Development, Social Media, Identity

Monday, March 7, 2016
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 517B-D

This session will present original doctoral research into how the heavy use of social media may be impacting the college student developmental process and concepts of identity and selfhood. Rather than a dry research session, this presentation will guide participants through their own discovery process mirroring the questions and activities in student interviews. Furthermore, real student voices and implications for practice will be discussed.

Paul G Brown

CEU Credit: 1

Digital Reputation Education: A Proactive Approach to Social Media

Monday, March 7, 2016
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 517B-D

Like it or not, our students are engaged in social media and their actions in the virtual world are affecting both individual success and institutional reputation more and more. Find out how Rutgers University in partnership with author Erik Qualman instituted a proactive digital reputation education initiative for all new students.

Matthew B Ferguson

myPROfolio: Developing a Professional Development Plan Focused on ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies

Monday, March 7, 2016
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 513F

ACPA has new technology that will allow all members to develop and track their own work with ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies. This session will provide an introduction to participants about the tool, how to integrate it into your current professional development, and how to use it with graduate students and supervisees.

Richard A Stevens

Learning Management Systems: Connection, Mattering, Meaning 

Monday, March 7, 2016
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 518C

Discover how to use Blackboard, a Learning Management System (LMS), as an effective tool for connecting with your students. Learn how Washington State University is utilizing Blackboard in an innovative way, creating an academic advising experience that directly impacts the student’s connection to the institution. We will discuss creation, challenges, theory and implementation. LMS can be used in any functional area where you are connecting with your students.

Sara A Ackerson

myPROfolio: Developing a Professional Development Plan Focused on ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies

Monday, March 7, 2016
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 523B

ACPA has new technology that will allow all members to develop and track their own work with ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies. This session will provide an introduction to participants about the tool, how to integrate it into your current professional development, and how to use it with graduate students and supervisees.

Richard A Stevens

Socially Accessible Media: Making Your Online Presence Available to Everyone

Monday, March 7, 2016
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 513C

We must meet students where they are, and that place is online. This generation of college students has always been “connected” and is thus cited as being more inclusive than their predecessors, but their main form of communication and expression—social media—is not. In this session, we will discuss the importance of inclusivity (specifically related to disability) in social media, as well as teach best accessibility practices for YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Samra B Ward

The End of SafeZones? New Approaches to LGBTQ+ Inclusion Training

Monday, March 7, 2016
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 512D

As more campuses develop and administer LGBTQ+ ally trainings for students, faculty, and staff, it is important to incorporate blended learning methods, critical views on inclusion, and flexible curriculum to meet the needs of diverse audiences. Presenters will review an inclusion program design to meets those needs, including program design and implementation, our pedagogical orientation to inclusion work, and how technology has played a key role to address the inclusion gap at our institution.

Alex C Lange

Retweets, Grams, and Vines: Social Media Use and Student Engagement

Monday, March 7, 2016
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 511F

The session provides student affairs practitioners with the ability to discuss a burgeoning but often misunderstood communication medium. The session is built on discussing best practices while stimulating ideas in how to improve current communication strategies in reaching prospective and new students on their college campuses. Participants will evaluate the strengths and challenges of new media, including when practices negate intended outcomes and when they are best used as well as when they are abused.

Lori Pindar

Digital Explorer, Educator or Influencer? New Student Affairs Technology Competency

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 517B-D

August 24th, 2015, NASPA and ACPA approved the revised version of the Student Affairs Competencies. There were a number of changes, but one of the most significant was the addition of Technology. This new competency solidifies technology as an essential part of our work, not just a fad that can be embraced by some and not others. Whether you are an avid tech user or delayed adopter, this session will define and give significance to technology skills for every level of our field.

Josie R Ahlquist

From Stabilitas to Mobilitas: A New Paradigm for Student Engagement. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 512H

Traditional models of higher learning expect students to arrive “in place” for various educational opportunities offered through fixed frameworks of courses and assignments. In contrast, new mobile models of learning instead capitalize on the power of new technologies to reach out to students with flexible opportunities for engagement, both in and beyond the classroom. This program will focus on mapping, engaging and assessing students’ involvement through mobile technologies to plan and evaluate more efficient use of campus resources.

Carney Strange

Online Challenge and Support: Learning Through the “Student Affairs Professionals” Facebook Group

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 514C

Within the walls of Facebook exists a group for student affairs professionals, containing 20,000+ members, and counting. In addition to articles and job announcements, this group is often a vehicle for discussing contentious issues and professional practices. Frequently, this group serves as a platform for individuals to engage critically with other professionals, and at times, creates dissonance and vulnerability. This workshop will look at challenge and support, specifically related to engagement with thousands of colleagues with different backgrounds, opinions, and expertise.

Michael Goodman

An Integrated Student Affairs Communication Model: The Story of BSUlife.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 517B-D

Digital communication tools are ubiquitous at colleges and universities across the United States. Yet, most institutions focus their communication efforts towards an external audience for recruitment, fund raising, public relations, and marketing purposes. How can institutions develop a more focused communications approach towards matriculated students? In this session, participants will learn about how Bridgewater State University’s Student Affairs division developed BSUlife.com and how its efforts shifted the mindset around student messaging.

Ed Cabellon

Engaging Adjunct Faculty in Holistic Student Development and Support Strategies

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 519A

Adjunct faculty teach approximately 60% of college courses nationwide, yet are largely left out of campus committees, professional development/trainings, and student affairs outreach efforts. In an effort to instill a greater sense of belonging to the campus community and teach part-time instructors about the far-reaching benefits of holistic student development and comprehensive student affairs programming, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has created the Transformative Teaching and Learning Initiative, a virtual, technologically-based training and professional development program for adjunct faculty.

Jaci J Lindburg

Tweeting in Class? Graduate Students’ Use of Twitter

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 511A

Twitter was utilized in several graduate level college student affairs courses to enhance student learning and engagement. Over three semesters Twitter was assigned and tweets collected and analyzed to determine the affect on learning and engagement. Student participants also completed pre- and post-course assessments and a focus group following each course to collect additional perspectives of the experience of utilizing Twitter. Results will be shared along with recommendations for additional research and alternative applications of Twitter in student affairs services.

Penny J Rosenthal

Callisto: A College Sexual Assault Reporting Tool

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 514C

Sexual assaults are chronically underreported at institutions of higher education, making it more difficult to identify and stop repeat perpetrators and leading to incomplete data to inform prevention programs, intervention strategies, and institutional policies. Callisto is a trauma-informed sexual assault reporting website designed to provide a more empowering, transparent, and confidential reporting experience for college sexual assault survivors, give schools better data about campus assault, and facilitate the identification of repeat assailants.

Peter Novak

Periscope, Snapchat, Instagram, Oh My!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 512D

Periscope. Snapchat. Vine. Instagram. Selfies. Confused by the latest social media trends? Social media doesn’t have to be something to fear! In less than three years, LSU’s First Year Experience office went from traditional marketing methods to launching a multi-faceted social media plan increasing student connections, engagement, and program attendance. Come find out how we did it and walk away with your own social media plan to implement on your campus.

Maggi L Spurlock

Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork: Creating and Managing In-House Creative Agencies Within Student Affairs

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510A-D

August 2014: John Austin forms Student Affairs Creative—a group of writers, editors, designers, community managers, and social media marketers that consolidates marketing & communications resources across the Ryerson Student Affairs portfolio. How do we bring value to our colleagues’ projects that support the whole student? Could this strategy work at your institution?

Join us to hear Creative’s journey from idea to inception, and learn about our unique model for consolidating marketing & communication resources.

Hamza Khan

#CatPulse: Using Texts and Mini Surveys to Keep the Pulse on Student Life at the University of Arizona  

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 514B

Discover how The University of Arizona (UA) uses text messaging and mini surveys to generate insightful information about the identity, culture, attitudes, and needs of its undergraduate students. Come learn about the engaging survey method used to understand student trends in higher education.

Amanda RJ Cheromiah 

LinkedIn 101: What Your Students Need To Know!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 519A

LinkedIn is no longer optional. It’s an indispensable component of the modern job search. The effective use of LinkedIn isn’t intuitive. In order to provide effective career education, student development professionals must be able to instruct students on the efficacious use of LinkedIn. Find out what you need to know to empower your students to harness the full power of LinkedIn. Discover and utilize the “hidden” LinkedIn services and master the secrets to creating winning LinkedIn profiles that stand out.

Chaim Shapiro

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Genius Lab: Introducing myPROfolio

Sunday, March 6, 2016
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Join ACPA leaders in exploring the new “myProfolio” technology for supporting your growth along the ACPA/NASPA professional competencies!

Richard A Stevens

Genius Lab: Twitter – Why You Need It and How To Use It

Sunday, March 6, 2016
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Twitter: Why You Need It & How To Use It

Brian MacDonald

Genius Lab: Engaging Students with Mobile Technology

Sunday, March 6, 2016
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Genius Lab: Engaging Students with Mobile Technology

Carney Strange

Genius Lab: #CatPulse – Using Texts and Micro Surveys to Keep the Pulse on Student Life 

Sunday, March 6, 2016
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Discover how The University of Arizona (UA) uses the Remind.com text messaging app and mini surveys to generate insightful information about the identity, culture, attitudes, and needs of its undergraduate students.

Amanda RJ Cheromiah 

Genius Lab: Maximizing Pinterest for Community Inspiration 

Sunday, March 6, 2016
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Maximizing Pinterest for Community Inspiration

Sarah Molitoris

Genius Lab: Zoom for Meetings and Digital Research

Monday, March 7, 2016
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Zoom for Meetings & Digital Research

Paul W Eaton

Genius Lab: Twitter – Why You Need It and How To Use It

Monday, March 7, 2016
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Twitter: Why You Need It & How To Use It

Brian MacDonald

Genius Lab: Virtual Teaming – Hosting a Meeting

Monday, March 7, 2016
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Virtual Teaming – Hosting a Meeting

Laura Pasquini

Genius Lab: Project Management with Trello

Monday, March 7, 2016
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Project Management With Trello

Susana Luis

Genius Lab: Twitter – Beyond the Basics

Monday, March 7, 2016
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Twitter: Beyond the Basics

Ed Cabellon

Genius Lab: Live Streaming from ACPA!

Monday, March 7, 2016
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Learn the latest applications in the digital space, all that have a components of live streaming technology. Tools such as Meerkat, Periscope and Snapchat will be featured and applied to our work student affairs.

Josie R Ahlquist

Genius Lab: Backchannels for Learning and Development

Monday, March 7, 2016
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

The backchannel is just like passing a note at the back of the classroom — except now it is digital and we can learn a lot from these shared notes. The most popular way to “backchannel” has been on Twitter, but there are a number of ways to involve others in a conversation. Come learn about ways to increase learner participation in your course, involve your staff in the dialogue, engage your campus community, and/or include participants at meetings, seminars, or conferences.

Laura Pasquini

Genius Lab: Creating Interactive Dashboards in Microsoft Excel

Monday, March 7, 2016
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Where are your students engaging on campus? Are they going to tutoring? Seeing an academic advisor? Going to social events? Come learn how to use pivot tables and slicers to create interactive dashboards in MS Excel.

Larry D Long

Genius Lab: Using GroupMe Effectively

Monday, March 7, 2016
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

We will present on the GroupMe, Inc. application and website as a tool for student leadership development through effective communication within student organizations and groups. As a free resource GroupMe has the capacity to function as an efficient way for both students and professionals to supervise and interact both socially and professionally. Our presentation will focus on both the potential uses of GroupMe within student affairs and a tutorial of how to find and use the mobile application and web based platform.

Autumn B Reed 

Genius Lab: Podcasting: Making Your Voice and Ideas Heard for Free!

Monday, March 7, 2016
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Podcasts have quickly emerged as an engaging new form of media. In 2015, 2.6 billion podcasts were downloaded, and more than 20 thousand unique podcasts were being created. One thing that makes podcasting a unique is the simplicity with which content can be produced. This session will cover the basics of setting and producing a podcast, with emphasis placed on ways it can be done for little to no expense for all skill levels.

Conor McLaughlin

Genius Lab: The Magic of Wunderlist

Monday, March 7, 2016
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

This program will acquaint participants with a powerful tool for managing their work flow and organizing tasks.

Kolrick Greathouse

Genius Lab: Snapchat – A Tool for Engagement

Monday, March 7, 2016
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Learn the basics of Snapchat and different ways you may be able to utilize this app to interact and engage with students, alumni, and others.

Matt Fenstermaker

Genius Lab: Lord of the Slides! Presentation Design and Delivery

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Genius Lab: Lord of the Slides! Presentation Design and Delivery

Paul G Brown

Genius Lab: Learning Management Systems – How Have They Changed the Student Experience?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Learning Management Systems: How Have They Changed the Student Experience?

Krista Vogt

Genius Lab: Finding and Analyzing Online Conversations – An Introduction to Social Media Monitoring

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

In the digital age, the brand of your institution is influenced—as much, if not more—by what people have to say about you. This has always been true, but people discussing their thoughts about a campus usually did so within a small group of friends. Now, that discussion is broadcast on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for the world to see. Successful communicators will know how to find these conversations in order to learn, participate, and inform others.

Liz Gross

Genius Lab: Creating a Simple WordPress Blog

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Creating a Simple WordPress Blog

Erica K Thompson

Genius Lab: Best Practices in Presentations

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Best Practices in Presentations

Amanda Carlton

Genius Lab: Twitter and Facebook Analytics

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Twitter & Facebook Analytics

Ashley Budd

Genius Lab: Introducing myPROfolio (Take 2)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Join ACPA leaders in exploring the new “myPROfolio” technology for supporting your growth along the ACPA/NASPA professional competencies!

Richard A Stevens

Genius Lab: Data Visualization using Piktochart 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Piktochart is an online free service to take your data visualization to the next level. Learn how to communicate your assessment findings to stakeholders in an engaging, concise, and fun way!!

Lucas L Schalewski

Genius Lab: Snapchat – Beyond the Basics

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Snapchat: Beyond the Basics

Eric Kang

Genius Lab: Twitter – Beyond the Basics

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Twitter: Beyond the Basics

Ed Cabellon

Genius Lab: Google Apps

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Genius Lab: Google Apps

Emily Forte

Genius Lab: Identify on LinkedIn, Engage on Twitter, and Seal Over Coffee

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 510-511 Foyer Genuis Labs

Identify on LinkedIn, Engage on Twitter and Seal Over Coffee

Chaim Shapiro