The Importance of “Tags” in Using Digital Data for Assessment

  One of the most common and important features of modern software is the “tag.” A tag is a short keyword or phrase that a user assigns to a piece of information that describes it in some way. You might also be familiar with hashtags, a form of tag used in social media (#thisisahashtag). Tags are not always proceeded with a “#” symbol. Sometimes software provides you with a tag or keyword box, or a list of predefined tags from which you can choose. Many of the software applications you use probably use tags,… Read More

New Webinar: Staying Relevant: The Relationship between Student Affairs and Mobile Technology (w/Guidebook)

Student Lifecycle

  I recently had the opportunity to join the higher ed tech company, Guidebook, on a webinar discussing how apps and technology are changing the student experience and student expectations for higher education. Chris Trudell of Guidebook served as the moderator. If you’re interested, it’s free and available online.

JUST PUBLISHED: “Remixing Leadership Practices with Emerging Technologies” in “Going Digital in Student Leadership”

NDSL

  I’m excited to share that I have a new chapter out in the most recent volume of New Directions in Student Leadership entitled, Going Digital in Student Leadership. The chapter I co-authored with Dr. Ed Cabellon, titled “Remixing Leadership Practices with Emerging Technologies,” presents an overview of the historical trends in and the current state of technology in leadership education (P–20). Topics covered include the influences of digital and social technology on leadership education and the student leaders experience, the growing importance of technology competency, knowledge, and skills, and trends in leadership related to digital technology platforms and tools…. Read More

A Tour of Our HigherEd Tech “Start-Up” Offices…

So what’s it like to work at Roompact? Working at a young, rapidly growing higher ed tech company is exciting. It’s also both a lot of fun and a lot of work. I wanted to share a bit about our office and our work experience to give you insights into what’s happening “behind the screen” when you’re using our software. Roompact was founded and is headquartered in Chicago. Although we moved around a bit in our early years, we’ve finally settled into an office in the River North neighborhood. For those of you familiar… Read More

2017: The Year of College Student Activism and Social Media Organizing

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was one of the most divisive in recent history. In a recent poll by CNN, 85% of Americans reported believing that the country is more divided than in previous years. As we head into 2017, this division is likely to remain steady and perhaps increase. As a result, college campuses in 2017 will likely see an increase in political activism and social unrest approaching levels not seen since the 1960s. Colleges and universities, long the epicenter of many of these movements, will again become the crucible for social… Read More