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International #FreeHugs Day Recap

International #FreeHugs Day Recap

The Collegiate International Free Hugs Day was AMAZING! We had hug totals coming in via email, Twitter, text, Facebook, voicemail, and even pigeon carrier…Well ok, the last one is a lie. But boy did you all hug early and hug often. Giving a Free Hug is the first step to develping a culture of engagement within your community. If you liked this Big Kick, make sure to sign up to get notified of our next event. Thanks to everyone across the world who particpated in this year’s #FreeHugs day. Stay tuned till next year!

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‘Perspectivizing’ Your Online Engagement Data

‘Perspectivizing’ Your Online Engagement Data

Ok I made that word up, but before our etymologist readers split for the hills, hear me out as to what it means. We help run the social media accounts of a couple eduction related companies. Every month we run an analytics report to measure what’s working, what’s not working, and the overall growth of the accounts. One particular client has over 20,000 “Likes” on Facebook. A poll or link generates a ton of responses on their Page. If I post that same link on another client’s Page that is 1/10th the size, the response rate is extremely low. Without “perspectivizing” the data, the smaller client would and should feel unhappy about the online engagement we’re generating for them in comparison. But if we calculate the average level of online engagement per Fan (ALE), we find a different story. Our […]

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Education Reform: Feeling Like An Outsider

Education Reform: Feeling Like An Outsider

A couple weeks ago, I attended the inaugural #140edu conference in NYC which brought together several hundred educators for two days to talk about the future of education. Modeled after TED, each person was given roughly 10 minutes to talk about his/her topic. My topic was on leveraging social media to increase student engagement outside the classroom. You can watch my keynote here. After the first day of the conference it was clear that the focus of my talk was different than almost everyone else. While everyone was involved in education some how and had a desire to improve it, almost all the topics involved how to make “in-classroom” learning better, while my focus was on “out-of-classroom” learning. In higher ed this is often an area managed by a Student Affairs department. I’ve attended dozens of education reform/revolution type conferences […]

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Yesterday in #StudentAffairs (08/02/11)

  Blogs: “I somehow just became a mother” & 6 other truths about being an RA. (via Zach Stafford) Fake IDs – The latest thing ‘Made in China.’ (via Joe Earley) 10 signs you’re being lazy on LinkedIn. (via Cory Phare) Like data? Look inside the unsettling numbers of the rapidly growing student loan industry. (via Jeff Lail) 4 questions every Academic Advisor should ask themselves before the year starts. (via Stacy Oliver) Training/Orientation season is here. Make it a great one with these tips. (via PaperClip Communication) If you work with students with disabilities you should know these 5 things. (via Erin Breedlove) Can’t find a post graduate job? Here’s 3 minutes why and what you can do to help yourself. (via Lisa Endersby) Campus Mental Health vs. Privacy and Boundaries. (via Mary Churchill) Another free pizza meal? Our food choices […]

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The Heartbeat of Red Rover [IMAGE]

The Heartbeat of Red Rover [IMAGE]

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Affinity Housing: The Importance of Roommate Matching

Affinity Housing: The Importance of Roommate Matching

College of Coastal Georgia recently transitioned to a four-year residential institution. Among the many changes, the campus will soon include residence halls and a director of residence life. Dave Leenhouts, director of CCGA’s student life, heads the committee to hire their director of residence life. In a conversation with Dave over the weekend, he talked about how the big buzz word on the committee is affinity housing. In other words, pre-matching roommates ahead of time based on similar traits to ensure higher retention rates. The impact of first year roommates on an individual is huge and can have lasting life time effects from grades, to weight, to drinking habits. The NY Times recently posted an article on the science of roommates. First-year roommates matter. Though they may go their separate ways sophomore year, their reach can ripple throughout the college […]

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Cross Comparing Campus Interest Tag Clouds [IMAGE]

Cross Comparing Campus Interest Tag Clouds [IMAGE]

Breaking news! College students nationwide are interested in both music and movies. Yep, it’s true. You heard it here first. When we decided to compare campus interest tag clouds, we knew there would be some common top interests, such as music and movies. But looking past the top interests is where it gets interesting.  At John Jay College of Criminal Justice, poetry is hanging out right alongside the FBI and Forensic Science. Students at West Texas A&M University are into Calculus. And students at the College of Coastal Georgia? They love their sweet tea. Not far off, colleges might be running ad campaigns promoting their college based on their campus’ top interests. See for yourself, and let us know if you see anything interesting in the clouds. College of Coastal Georgia: Elgin Community College: Georgia Highlands College: John Jay College […]

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New Admin Stats Dashboard for Red Rover – Real Time Retention Reporting

New Admin Stats Dashboard for Red Rover – Real Time Retention Reporting

As students use Red Rover more and more, our goal is to give as much of the user data back to the Admins in a usable format in real time so they can take action. Here’s an example of the new stats dashboard: http://www.redteamconsulting.com/031812/data/Same Day Payday Loans Reviews   Stay tuned as we have more exciting stuff in the pipeline for the next month including classes, customized mass messaging through Facebook, and group leader stats.

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An Open Letter to Umair Haque, Applying for Revolutionary Status

Dear Umair, Your Open Challenge was intriguing. Your manifesto required action. We would like to apply for “revolutionary” status under your definition. If you have not yet found your five projects to advise, we humbly submit ours for consideration. We are a start up determined to organize the world’s education. The data model of education needs to be turned upside down. Currently, a student’s information is trapped and chopped up into little pieces in the various departments of the institution. This information is encumbered by old thinking, systems and lawyers. The result is an expensive, top heavy and too often irrelevant model of education. We give control of education data to the students, where they are free to be public. Leaving education footprints in the open allows us to provide recommendations, peer modeling, and peer mentoring. “People like you were […]

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Student Assessment Graphs Added to Red Rover

Student Assessment Graphs Added to Red Rover

We made another round of improvements to the assessment dashboard by adding several new key data metrics and by making the dashboard more visually appealing with graphs. Consider this Version 1.9999 (not quite 2.0 🙂 Only the admin for the school’s Red Rover account has access to the dashboard. From there, the admin can share this with other members of the school to report on student assessment. The data is real time which means at any moment you can assess your school. Note – the data below is from our test school  

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