There are many social networks out there. Each has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to student use, professional use, or professional development. Even if you can't make it to the national conference, social media offers a way to experience the conference back-channels, where professionals are connecting with one another, and discussing new ideas (#wnyadvising, #ACPA14, #NASPA14).
Similarly social media offers a way to engage nationally or internationally on topics with other professionals through scheduled ongoing discussions (#AcAdv, #SAchat).
Want to know where to start looking for professional development resources in higher education? Check out our social media page for some places to start. We are in the process of noting tips on using social media sites and indexing resources available on those sites relevant to academic advising and higher education. So far we have cataloged a number of resources associated with the following social media sites:
If you are interested in learning more about social media, be sure to check out this session at the annual Uniting Across Campuses Conference on Wednesday.
by Dr. John Sauter, Jr.
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Niagara University
Chair of the 2014 Uniting Across Campuses Conference