Strategic Partnerships to Infuse Technology in Student Affairs


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This presentation will be delivered at NASPA in Chicago, March 09, 2010 by a team of Student Affairs and Academic Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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  • We used:BlackboardGoogle docsFacebookVoicethreadsFocus on Facebook, voicethreads and google docs. Quick overview of student/instructor resourcesPLANAssigning homework can be customizedCheck to see if you have clickers and incorporate the software into your training/lesssonUtilize google docsCreate wiki’s or blogs to encourage feedbackGive up some of the control in the sessionAssign students to be note takersAssign a googlerEncourage students to post and review discussion questions for the class
  • Talk about hidden instructor resourcesHelpful ResourcesHighlight opportunities to weblink into this as well.
  • This is a hyper link. Show DemEncourage students to post and review discussion questions for the class
  • This is a hyper link. Demo
  • What happened:Group projectsInstructor comfort variedEdits could be madeInstructors could access from homeDepth of responses (Journaling)Wordle is About Us page of NASPA- a bit about wordle and integrating these things.
  • Strategic Partnerships to Infuse Technology in Student Affairs

    1. 1. Strategic Partnerships to Infuse Technology in Student Affairs<br />Stephanie Cheney<br />Beth Farrow<br />Joan Giblin<br />James Levesque<br />Wentworth Institute of Technology<br />
    2. 2. Key Points<br />Identify common issues in Student Affairs<br />Explain key partnerships we established<br />Discuss applicability to your campus<br />
    3. 3. What is a WIT?<br />Wentworth Institute of Technology<br />Urban location (Boston)<br />80/20 gender split<br />Technical Institute<br />Population 3600<br />1700 residential (mostly 1& 2 years)<br />Apply to a major<br />
    4. 4. What are your challenges on your campus right now? Why are you here at this session?<br />(Hidden Slide)…just ask the question<br />
    5. 5. Our Challenges<br />Sustainability<br />Scheduling<br />Summer Contact<br />Organization<br />Convenience<br />Resources<br />Money<br />Refinement of curriculum<br />Target specific groups<br />Desire to Deliver a Quality Program<br />
    6. 6. Technology Integration<br />What is Academic Technology<br />Laptop Initiative school<br />How was the partnership formed<br />What is an LMS and how does it work<br />
    7. 7. Academic Technology<br />
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    10. 10. Student leadership training<br />Jim Levesque, Director of Student Life<br />
    11. 11. Resident Assistant <br />Peer Educator Advancing Knowledge <br />Community Standards Board<br />Admissions Representative <br />Career Peer <br />Orientation Leader <br />Orientation Assistant <br />WOW Team Leader <br />WOW Program Assistant <br />Engagement Coordinator <br />100 students<br />
    12. 12. Our Problem: Time<br />
    13. 13. Other Problems: more division involvement, connection needed between selection and training, prevent attrition and keep motivation high, $ do more with less<br />
    14. 14. Our Solution: Online Modules<br />June 19<br />May 15<br />June 2<br />July 7<br />July 24<br />
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    21. 21. Our Results: Inconsistent Participation(n=115)<br />
    22. 22. Our Results: Deeper Reflection<br />“Many of the questions in the quizzes really made me think... and look back on past experiences and how I have now become a better person for no longer having those who made me question right from wrong still in my life. I feel that learning to stand up for what is wrong took me a little while to grasp because I didn't want to lose friends, but now through student leadership I have learned that your true friends wont make you question their actions or your own, and won’t allow you to put yourself in those types of situations. I feel that having the biggest support system of my fellow student leaders have helped me grow and become a better person, and I know I would not make them compromise their values, just as they would not make me.”<br />
    23. 23. Our Results: Cost Savings<br />Meal Costs<br />(17 days)<br />(11 days)<br />
    24. 24. How do you manage this on your campus?<br />What needs have you identified?<br />Do you utilize technology? How and why?<br />
    25. 25. Alcohol education<br />Beth Farrow, Coordinator of Wellness Education<br />
    26. 26. Our Problem: Multiple Alcohol Education Needs<br />
    27. 27. Our Solution: Differentiated Curriculum<br />Courses<br /><ul><li>Alcohol Education for students 21+
    28. 28. Wet Suite Registration
    29. 29. Health & Safety Violations
    30. 30. Provide relevant content
    31. 31. Assess knowledge gains
    32. 32. Personal reflection and discussion prompts</li></li></ul><li>Benefits<br />
    33. 33. Reflection<br />“I have already changed and am making better decisions everyday. I have become more focused on school and doing my best rather than worrying about what my friends want me to do. The friends in my life that are making bad decisions and who are not bettering my life, I am slowly beginning to distance myself and spend more time with the people who have the same outlook on life as I do. Mainly, I’ve turned my focus to myself and my school work to better myself emotionally and physically as I move forward”.<br />
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    37. 37. How do you manage this on your campus?<br /><ul><li>What needs have you identified?
    38. 38. Do you utilize technology? How and why?</li></li></ul><li>First year seminar<br />Joan Giblin, Director of New Student Programs<br />
    39. 39. Our problem: Organizational Chaos + Empty Vessels<br />1000 new students<br />41 instructors<br />1 standard curriculum<br />1 person office<br />No additional money or resources<br />Students sitting passively in class<br />
    40. 40. OUR SOLUTIONS<br />
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    44. 44. Greater Group Collaboration<br />Instructor Comfort Varied<br />More Freedom for Instructors<br />Choices within lesson plans<br />Student produced work<br />High evaluations for course overall<br />Web based<br />
    45. 45. your house<br />Do you have an FYS/Orientation?<br />How do you capture attention? How do your students learn during FYS/Orientation?<br />
    46. 46. your house<br />How do you use technology on your campus?<br />How are partnerships encouraged and leveraged?<br />
    47. 47. Future Projects + Possibilities for Us<br />Voice Threading to recruit Student Leaders<br />Virtual classrooms to run webinars for anxious parents<br />Interactive maps + web-enabled scavenger hunts<br />LMS Review<br />
    48. 48. Photo Credits<br />Paper Clip:<br />Laptop:<br />Community:<br />Connecting:<br />Empty Chair:<br />Raised Glasses:<br />Beer Pong:<br />
    49. 49. Stephanie Cheney<br />Director, Training & Development<br /> | Twitter: scheney<br />Beth Farrow<br />Coordinator of Wellness Education<br /><br />Joan Giblin<br />Director of New Student Programs<br /><br />Jim Levesque<br />Director of Student Life<br /><br />