Never Left College

Higher Ed went for the funny yesterday April Fools Day with their websites.

Here are some of the sites that tickled my funny bone.

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.51.07 PM

University of Idaho offers kittens to first year students, because kittens have that “it” factor.

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.46.42 PM

According to The College of William and Mary, Elvis is alive in Williamsburg, VA.

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.50.30 PM

The University of Vermont admitted to using ice from the rink for snow cones.

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.43.27 PM

MIT had a seminar on Unicorns and Rainbows.

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.45.57 PM

Marywood University really simplified their homepage. I wonder were they got that idea from.

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.58.23 PM

Duke created a whole section  for their employees.

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.52.15 PM

Brym Mawr College  changed their name to “Brn Mwr”.

Last but not least.

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.36.55 PM

The University of Rochester stated that..

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 4.37.49 PM

Read more

In keeping up with tradition from the regional conference last year, it is time once again to review my impressions of the HigherEdWeb Conference, this time from farther away in Austin, while I was somewhere in the Tri-State area (if you have to ask which area, then you don’t know.)

I think this tweet summed up my feelings quite accurately:

RT: @   Following gets me back in touch with the fun part of my job. THAT’S NICE! A little sad to be geeking out in DSM and not Austin.

What I love about conferences like these is that I almost felt like if I was there.  When web folks get together from different schools from all over, something amazing happens like  the #heweb11 twitter hashtag trending in Austin for one.

In no  particular order, here are my favorite tweets from the conference.

RT @TimNekritz: To find answers with web analytics, start with relevant problems and questions. #tnt12 #heweb11

RT @sharierwin: You have to out-care your competition. #soc1 #heweb11

RT : Stop making attribution errors – you are your own roadblock. Find a project that you really want. Do it.

RT : Keynote message that the web is not magic, but it is a place where the magical happens.

RT @  Don’t try and be everything to everyone – know your audience and send messages that hit home for them #mmp12

RT @   : students: “If I don’t see what I need on a school’s website, I’ll drop it from my list” #heweb11

RT @  goals before tools!! goals before tools!! goals before tools!! goals before tools!! goals before tools!! #soc2

RT @  Important takeaway: that we exist to connect others, not just connect to others. #soc6

Did you follow the conference? What insights did you learn?

 

 

 

Posted via email from STEPH is Wired

Read more

alarm clock

Once in a while, there are time when I run across something online that I wish I was still a student in college, starting out all over again. If I could tell  my 20 – something self what to do with the wisdom I have now, what would I say?

Well, that’s the beauty of living in the wired here and now. So many unlimited opportunities. There is always time to learn or re-learn new things.

In a recent episode of Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips, he gives tips to recent college graduates on what tools are needed to establish the ideal launching board for the real world.

Even if you are not straight out of college, there is no time like the present to learn something new.

Posted via email from STEPH is Wired

Read more

iStock_000016488217XSmall

We are no strangers to volunteering. After all, how do you think I got started building websites?

Fast Company posted Volunteering Will Save Your Career (Or Put You In A New One) today. The article discusses how companies are starting to value and highlight volunteering experience in addition to professional experience.

If you just left college, been on the job market for a while, or looking for a new career, volunteering may just provide that spring board into your next opportunity.

Read more