Advising Upgrade: Installing Technology into Everyday Advising --- 2010 NACADA Region 6


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Advising Upgrade: Installing Technology into Everyday Advising --- 2010 NACADA Region 6

  1. 1. Advising Upgrade:   Installing Technology into Everyday Advising Josh Nichols, Dickinson State University
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating the limitations of traditional advising approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap/Free Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Planning: What technologies could I try at my institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap-up Discussion Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Collect Evaluations </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Generations Generation Born Builders/Matures Before 1946 Boomers 1946-1964 Generation X 1965-1979 Generation Y 1980-1994 Generation Z 1995-2009 Generation AA? 2010-???
  4. 4. The Language of the Net Gen Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (Prensky, 2001) <ul><li>Our students today are all “native speakers” of the digital language. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Today’s Students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Digital Immigrants typically have very little appreciation for these new skills that the Natives have acquired and perfected through years of interaction and practice.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Digital Immigrants Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (Prensky, 2001) “ Digital Immigrants learn – like all immigrants, some better than others – to adapt to their environment, they always retain, to some degree, their &quot;accent,&quot; that is, their foot in the past.”
  6. 6. Accents Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (Prensky, 2001) <ul><li>Printing your email. </li></ul><ul><li>Making hard copies to be edited. </li></ul><ul><li>Showing someone a website rather then forwarding it to them. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the manual for a program rather than assuming that the program itself will teach us to use it. </li></ul><ul><li>The “Did you get my email?” phone call. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Academically Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Creators and Explorers </li></ul><ul><li>Technologically Adept </li></ul><ul><li>Service-Minded </li></ul><ul><li>Social Creatures </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-taskers </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Users </li></ul>Neomillennial Learning Preferences Father Google and Mother IM (Carie Windham 2207)
  8. 10. Us Versus Them Who They Are Vs. Who We See Their Cons Vs. Our Cons What They Want Vs. What We’re Willing to Do
  9. 11. Activity #1 <ul><li>Discuss with each other the problems and/or limitations you are facing using traditional methods of communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss some of the difficulties you currently face when utilizing technology to connect with students and/or maximize time. </li></ul><ul><li>Share your thoughts with the group. </li></ul>
  10. 12. Technology Concerns <ul><li>What if my students aren’t computer literate? </li></ul><ul><li>What if my students don’t have a computer or the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you expect me to do my current job AND learn a new technology? </li></ul><ul><li>Our university can’t afford these new technologies (or it’s not a priority). </li></ul>
  11. 16. bmp, dwg, dxf, gif, ico, jpg, pcx, png, tga, tiff, wbmp, wmf, csv, doc, docx, html, odp, ods, odt, pcx, pdf, ppt, pptx, ps, pub, rtf, txt, wpd, wps, xls, xlsx, xml, aac, ac3, flac, m4a, mmf, mp3, ogg, ra, ram, wav, wma, 3gp, 3g2, avi, flv, fvi, iphone, ipod, m4v, mov, mp4, mpg, ogg, rm, rmvb, vob, wmv, 7z, tar.bz2, cab, izh, rar, tar, tar.gz, yz1, zip
  12. 60. Activity #2 <ul><li>Discuss with each other what new technologies you plan to utilize and/or what might you change about the way you currently use technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm which technologies could enhance what you are already doing to communicate with and assist students. </li></ul><ul><li>Share your thoughts with the group. </li></ul>
  13. 61. Imperfect and Unstoppable <ul><li>Technology is great . . . when it works. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s efficient . . . but time consuming. </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet is informative . . . if you can sift through the garbage. </li></ul><ul><li>There are hundreds of options . . . but no one solution. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s unstoppable . . . whether we like it or not. </li></ul>
  14. 62. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  15. 63. Related Materials Oblinger, Diana G. and James L. Oblinger, editors. Educating the Net Generation . Educause, June 2005. Prensky, M. (2001a, September/October). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon , 9 (5), 1-6. Retrieved April 30, 2003, from,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf Pletka, Bob. Educating the Net Generation: How to Engage Students in the 21st Century . Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press, 2007.
  16. 64. Contact Info <ul><li>Josh Nichols </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Enhancement Services </li></ul><ul><li>291 Campus Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Dickinson, ND 58601 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>