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Do you want to build a snowman? Getting People Involved is Sometimes the Hardest Part

Do you want to build a snowman? Getting People Involved is Sometimes the Hardest Part

This past week, thanks to a random snow storm, both the school I work for and the school I attend had snow days. While this sadly did not stop the massive amount of work that needed to be done for the day, after a successful morning of work I ran into two of my lovely Resident Assistants. That is when my break from my massive work load began. Running into my two Resident Assistants just hanging out and sitting around doing nothing gave me the great idea for using the snow to our advantage.  I started by asking of them if they wanted to build a snowman, go sledding, and have a snowball fight with me.  To my surprise one answered “yes” and the other answered “no”.  Now the challenge was to get the one resident assistant that said “no” […]

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Last Week in Student Affairs [07/22/11]

It’s no secret that everyone at Swift Kick HQ loves to read…a lot. With so much great content around community engagement and involvement passing through our brains every day, we thought we’d try out a new series called “Last Week In Student Affairs” in which we highlight the highlights. Blogs: What will 42 years in Student Affairs teach you? Well, 42 things to be exact >> via @SCGSNP Hashtags (e.g. #SAchat) do have a purpose outside of customer support calls >> via @esteehernandez Appalachian State University shows us that admission videos have their limits >> via @the_sa_blog Trouble engaging part-time, non-traditional, or commuter students? Here’s an oversimplified six prong approach >> via @AdobeEdu Yoda’s zen life helped him live to…really old. Now you can increase your life span too with a little office zen  >> via @coryphare BONUS TANGENT: Stephen Colbert breaks character to […]

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Free Upcoming Webinar: Leverage Social Media to Increase and Measure Student Engagement

Free Upcoming Webinar: Leverage Social Media to Increase and Measure Student Engagement

We’re excited to open the digital doors for our FREE upcoming webinar: Leverage Social Media to Increase and Measure Student Engagement  Be one of the first 100 people to reserve your spot and we’ll send you a free special report on social media usage in higher ed. In this webinar you’ll learn: How to engage more students with fewer resources A framework to evaluate the effectiveness of your current social media strategy (Facebook, Twitter and blogging) Recommended practices of social media usage from institutional case studies How to turn online connections into offline engagement Date: Feb 15th 2011 Time: 3-4:15pm EST RSVP: http://redroverhq.com/webinar See you there!

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NCSL Article: Discovering Your Student Life’s Heartbeat Online

NCSL Article: Discovering Your Student Life’s Heartbeat Online

In our continuing quest to better help schools understand, measure, and utilize the increasing amount of campus engagement online, I wrote the article below on discovering your student life’s heartbeat online for this month’s NCSL NOW! magazine.

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Upcoming Webinar: Leveraging Social Media for Student Engagement

Upcoming Webinar: Leveraging Social Media for Student Engagement

We’re excited to partner with The Student Affairs Collaborative for an upcoming webinar on Leveraging Social Media for Increased Student Engagement. This webinar is an updated version of our last webinar in December on the same topic. The biggest update is the inclusion of a student panel to talk about how they want you to engage them online. 100% of the webinar proceeds go to the Student Blogging Scholarship. “Seating” is limited to allow everyone to engage in the Q&A, so check below for details and to reserve your spot. Title: Leveraging Social Media for Student Engagement Date: Wednesday, Mar 3rd 2010 Time: 3-4:15pm EST RSVP: http://webinar03-03-10.eventbrite.com/ **Sign up before Saturday, Feb 27th and save 25% with code: Early-25 (works for both the webinar ticket and audio/slides)

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The Value of Integrating Social Media into Education

Dean Long, of LAUS, only needs two minutes to perfectly explain how every educator should be thinking about social media. And if your life is too busy for a two minute interlude, here are the highlights: Use SM (Social Media) to cultivate a community around the activities already being done on campus Support student bloggers Let students be the producers of the school’s content Give students the capacity to think and reflect around their experiences Schools benefit by showcasing what they do to a larger audience Using SM will cultivate a larger community Reflective learning is nothing new, the new challenge is translating the goal into a digital era  

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Are Blog Platforms University Hosted Email All Over Again? Is This Bad?

Are Blog Platforms University Hosted Email All Over Again? Is This Bad?

The goal of our project is to build a tool that all schools can use to create learning networks for all students. We’re working with schools of all shapes and sizes; all across the spectrum of technological savviness. The system connects students using tags, or keywords. Tags which will eventually be created organically from web 2.0 tools that the students attach to their profile. Now that we’re getting into attaching blogs, twitter, delicious, etc. to the student profile, the simple question comes up: what blogging platform should we recommend to the schools that don’t currently have one? There are two main questions for me at this stage. The first is philosophical, the second is pragmatic: 1) Should colleges host their students’ blogs? 2) Regardless of who hosts it, what should the criteria be for the blog recommendation? The questions, discussed: […]

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Leading Minds Say Blogging is the Single Most Important Thing

Leading Minds Say Blogging is the Single Most Important Thing

I wrote a few days ago that blogs were better for the student and cheaper for .edu. Seth Godin and Tom Peters, pretty much tops in their respective fields, state the case as strongly as possible. I wish I could embed the video, but you’ll have to click through to watch. Please do, it’s two minutes: Courtesy of @hacool and @johnheaney on Twitter.

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Blogs as E-portfolios: Better for the Students, Cheaper for the .edu

Please don’t pay for e-portfolio software. Instead, help or encourage the students to set up their own blogs. Let me quickly explain. The original idea of an e-portfolio was to help students keep a record of the work they did. This was intended to help them learn and show progress (the faculty and institution value) and get a job (the student’s value). While there is some tension between the faculty and the students with their respective values, both are good simple goals. Companies were set up to build technology to facilitate this collection and distribution of information, but times changed and new methods have become clear, easier, more effective, and cheaper. Blogs are a much better way to go. A simple rule of thumb: it’s not an e-portfolio if Google can’t find it. The Benefits of Blogs: Students learn best […]

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Say Hello to the First Official Red Rover Newsletter

Say Hello to the First Official Red Rover Newsletter

We’ve joked about making the tag line for Red Rover be, “Students Actually Use It!” The proof of course is in the pudding which we’ve already talked about.We see the students as our “customer” first and the admin/staff as our “customer” second. Most higher ed software solutions seem to think the opposite. Just look at the complex user interfaces with “comprehensive solutions” and you’ll know the student wasn’t their primary focus. We think a bottom up approach is more effective. One of the strengths of Red Rover is going to be in the connectedness of it’s members to each other. Our goal is to help facilitate a strong Red Rover community that is in line with our bottom up approach. We already have a Student Affairs Collaborative Blog, a Student Leader Collaborative Blog, a Collaborative Project Wiki Space, and a […]

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