Implications for Staff Member Duties, Selection, Training, and Development When Transitioning to a Curricular Approach

Transitioning to a residential curriculum is as much about educational plan development as it is about organizational change. The reason for this is that curricular approaches are often paradigmatic change–change predicated on an entirely new set of premises. In other words, rather than just rearranging the furniture in the room, you’re changing the entire room itself. Because of this, there are many implications for how your organization itself may need to change to account for a curricular focus.  Chief among these changes may be related to your staff member duties, and your… 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

Relaunching SATechResources and (Higher)EdTechResources dot com…

In doing my research I often come across great tutorials on social and digital technology as well as excellent examples of their use in higher education. Rather than keep them to myself, I decided to post them publicly to help others “get up to speed” on these tools and their uses. I’ve been doing this for a number of years now, and as my resource pages grew, it became time for a redesign (and a unification). Enter: HigherEdTechResources.com aka SATechResources.com. Below you will find links to topics on my completely redesigned resources page. It includes… Read More

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

Guest Appearance on HigherEdLive: Social Media/Justice/Change and Yik Yak [VIDEO]

I appeared on a HigherEdLive broadcast along with co-guest, colleague, and friend,  Vernon Wall, and host Heather Shea Gasser to talk about social media and its intersections with social justice and change.  Vernon and I talked about our collaboration on a combined social justice and social media training as well as recent events in higher education surrounding the use of Yik Yak.  See a recording of the episode embedded below. YIKYAK: SOCIAL MEDIA/JUSTICE/CHANGE ORIGINALLY STREAMED LIVE: WED, APR 8, 2015 @ 12:00PM (EST) HOSTED BY: HEATHER SHEA GASSER / HEATHER@HIGHEREDLIVE.COM How does access to a live feed of what people around… Read More