Dear RAs… I want you to STOP PROGRAMMING!

  It’s time for an intervention. PUT DOWN the glitter. STEP AWAY from the construction paper. DO NOT OPEN the pizza boxes. I WANT YOU TO STOP PROGRAMMING! I don’t really want you to stop programming, but I do want to stop putting on programs that are not developed with a strong set of learning outcomes and an associated lesson plan that seeks to further those outcomes. In fact, I want you to revisit the idea that holding a program is the most effective method for delivering on these outcomes. Part of this is “giving up”… Read More

ResLife Myth #4: RA Training Needs To Be Two Weeks To Be Effective

A number of departments and institutions have recognized that as the roles of residential education staff have evolved and technology has advanced, many of the assumptions upon which training programs were previously built no longer hold true. For example, resident assistant and student staff training programs typically occur in August, before residence halls open for the academic year, and can often last as long as two weeks. But do they need to be this long? And do they always need to occur in-person and in August? In my opinion, we need to re-evaluate and… Read More

8 Apps and Ideas For Integrating Social and Digital Tech Into Your #RATraining

Integrating digital and social media tools into RA training programs can be an exciting and innovative way to hold your RAs’ attention. Below are some useful sites, apps, and services that you can use and some examples of how to use them. Have other ideas?

5 Funny Videos To Use in Your RA Training Presentations

RA Training and residence hall opening is upon us and I wanted to share some videos I’ve used in training presentations that I think you might want to use too.  There are a lot of AMAZINGLY talented folks out there who have put together some great videos, but it’s hard to find the ones that are high quality and hit the right messages in the right ways.  Of course, almost any video can be used if processed in the right way–even if some of the messages are problematic.  Here are 5 videos I… Read More

Residence Life Explained in Emoji: The Poster

I’ve always been fascinated by how mobile communications are increasingly pushing us towards more visual forms of communication and expression.  Memes, animated gifs, and, of course, emoji.  With the beginning of the year upon us… RA training… residence hall opening… I thought it was appropriate to rework some of the emoji series I did last year into a poster… Enjoy!  (And add your own to the conversation.)