NACADA TechTalk No. 4 Blogging in Academic Advising


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  • Region 8: Eight states and provinces covering the largest geography. “NACADA near you” isn’t so near for some of our members.Region 8 website: static, hard to update, not a lot of room for the “human factor”Steering committee meeting in spring 2009: a blog sub committee was form.
  • At least once a month; more when we’re building up to a conference.Initially: announcements, deadlines (trying to find voice)Lately: More of the human factor: profile of Joslin, award winners, behind-the-scenes of planning meetings
  • Stats and how we promote the blogWhat’s next for this blog?
  • Intro -Academic Advisor at the University of Toronto Scarborough-Other interests include: peer mentoring, learning skills, and e-resources development-Recent ventures include projects in website development, online chat, blog, social media, and cyber counseling.
  • NACADA TechTalk No. 4 Blogging in Academic Advising

    1. 1. Thursday, August 9, 2012Advising Reflections & Sharing: Blogging to Support our Profession and Student Learning OutcomesNACADA TechTalksSponsored by the Technology in Advising CommissionLaura Pasquini, ChairThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0Unported License (
    2. 2. PANELISTSSally Garner, University of OregonJason Barkemeyer, University of UtahEsther Chung, University of TorontoScarborough
    3. 3. HTTP://NACADA8.WORDPRESS.COMSALLY GARNERDirector of Student Services School of Journalism and Communication University of Oregon [GO DUCKS!]NACADA Region 8 Communications | @sally_garner | 541-346-0117
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    8. 8.• Almost 9000 visits since June 2009• Almost 3000 visits in 2011• As of August 1, almost 2000 visits in 2012
    9. 9. Jason Barkemeyer Academic Advising Coordinator University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business Blog: Ruminations & Pontifications of a Higher Ed World Twitter: @jbarkemeyer
    10. 10. Advising experience • Advising for large public universities • Six years departmental business advising • Three years student-athlete advisingEducation • Master of Education • Bachelor of JournalismProfessional Affiliations • NACADA • N4A • UAOABackground
    11. 11. Research Interests • Advisor development • The occupation of academic advising • Use of technology in advisingPublications experience • News, sports and entertainment reporter, 1993-2000Blogging experience • Pop culture • Food • Advising & Higher EducationBackground
    12. 12. • Departmental advisor to all business majors in the David Eccles School of Business.• Caseload of roughly 500-525 students.• Director of the school’s undergraduate peer advising program.• Liaison to the Department of Athletics.• Member of the Utah Advising Research Committee (UArc).• Transitioning out of co-chair of campus advising committee.Current Role
    13. 13. • Covers mainly my random thoughts on advising and happenings around campus.• Geared towards professionals in the field not students.• Not academic by any means. Definitely not based in research.• Conversational in tone.My Blog – Ruminations & Pontificationsof a Higher Ed World
    14. 14. • Personal outlet to continue to write.• My way of giving back to the pool of knowledge for academic advising.• To possibly help others who may stumble across the blog.• Serves as a testing ground for topics that may lend themselves to a more academic approach.• A blog doesn’t cost money.Why Do I Do It?
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    19. 19. • Pick a theme for your blog.• Find a consistent voice.• Write to your wanted audience.• Set aside some time to write.• Post fairly consistently.• Be your own editor.• Don’t be a stranger to others’ blogs.• Realize that traffic will be slow.• Have fun.Tips To Starting YourOwn Personal Blog
    20. 20. CONTACTJason Barkemeyer Twitter: @jbarkemeyer Email:
    21. 21. Building a community on-campus one blog at a time Esther Chung Academic Advisor
    22. 22. Who Am I? + Esther Chung E-Lin Chen Academic Advisor Career Counselor Academic & Learning Skills Career & EmploymentEstherChung2http://utscace.blogspot.ca
    23. 23. University of Toronto Scarborough • Enrollment growth (53% increase since 2002) • Experiential education • Internationalism (11% international students) • Diverse student population • Commuter students
    24. 24. MillennialDigital Natives
    25. 25. GOING BEYOND THE “SOCIAL” We use the blog to… Increase engagement Help students to navigate Build a community Enhance skills & knowledge
    26. 26. Evolution of our blog In the beginning… There was ACE (Academic & Career Explorer)2008 2009 2012
    27. 27. AA&CC BlogWritten by Study Skills and Employment Peer Counselors
    28. 28. What Do We Blog AboutPopular posts include:• Grad school, professional school, or post-grad diploma?• Extra-curricular activities and my sanity• Social media, job killer extraordinaire• Study tips to prepare for your finals• Fancy shmancy interview prep• Enrolment 101
    29. 29. About the Blog Blogger • Analytics • Page views • Referring URL or Sites • Audience
    30. 30. What Did We Learn• Great way to engage with students• Students like to read posts from their peers• Do not do it alone• It takes time• Find ways to promote the blog
    31. 31. Questions for Sally, Jason & Esther? Image by Bilal Kamoon