About

What do we do?

The Technology Knowledge Community influenced change by reaffirming its mission for our members and our role within NASPA. We would like to make sure that everyone knows we serve Student Affairs practitioners whose job is technology related and we want to help you if you have an interest in technology. Most members want to know how other Student Affairs professionals are using technology, how they can better use technology themselves, and in general what are the current industry “best practices”. Using technology to save money and social media are also hot topics. We are a group that can satisfy the needs of Student Affairs professionals who are Enthusiasts, Managers, or Scholars of Technology.

Our Mission

The Technology Knowledge Community exists to provide structure for members to explore and collaborate within the topic of technology. Given the history of technology, its great breadth, and potential for rapid change, we provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about technology. The goals for the Technology Knowledge Community are to 

  • Explore technology’s impact on and relationship with student development, behavior, values, and decision-making
  • Identify and support technology’s role in providing student services and developmental programming
  • To inform the profession about new research and practices regarding the development and use of technology administration
  • To offer technical and creative assistance to colleagues as they explore technology resources  for their campus

We welcome the participation of any individual within our KC and we hope to be place for discussion, learning, and innovation. We hope to make the Technology Knowledge Community a wonderful opportunity for graduate students, faculty, and Student Affairs professionals to come together and share knowledge, experience, and our passion for Technology. 

The Four Pillars of the TKC
Advocacy

The Technology Knowledge Community advocates for technology in the broader scope of higher education and brings that motivation to the table for its members. The Technology Knowledge Community advocates for technology, including social media and learning management systems, and helps professionals at all levels recognize the power of and need for technology in their daily work. The TKC encourages their membership who work with technology to present at conferences on technology related issues to share best practices and new information to better inform current practice in the field.

Training and Education

The Technology Knowledge Community supports training and education in technology by offering resources for and promotion of these opportunities. The TKC offers our own training and education using the questions provided below.  The Technology Knowledge Community hosts along with NASPA a #NASPAtech conference.

Research and Scholarship

The Technology Knowledge Community supports and helps advance the research conducted by its members and other scholar-practitioners in the areas of technology. The Technology Knowledge Community helps connect potential research partners, supports opportunities for interdisciplinary research, and researches best practices presented in conference sessions. The TKC strives to be more intentional about research in journals and to make interdisciplinary literature reviews less daunting to create more opportunities for new and emerging ideas about technology in higher education to be shared, debated, and put into practice.

Engagement

The Technology Knowledge Community connects with its members for the advancement of technology in higher education. The Technology Knowledge Community measures the participation of their members by defining both a passive and active member. The TKC clarifies and communicates its role and its expectations from members.