Sharing Our Vision at #NASPA16: Updates from the TKC Chair

Lisa Endersby

March 27, 2016

We came, we saw, we spoke, we networked, we met, we did it all.

With another Annual Conference behind us, the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community (TKC) has a lot to be grateful for, and many exciting new projects and initiatives on the horizon.

NASPA 2016 saw the inaugural awarding of the TKC Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Along with the second annual awarding of the TKC Emerging Practice Award the TKC is thrilled expand opportunities to recognize both good practice and good people in our field.

The 2016 Annual Conference also saw a renewed focus on the Technology Competency, with conversations both within the Knowledge Community and across several conference sessions discussing the why, what, and how of the new Competency. The TKC Program Guide highlighted a wide array of sessions exploring technology beyond the more traditional offerings of Facebook marketing campaigns and Twitter 101. With the continued promotion and exploration of the Technology Competency, the NASPA 2016 marks only the beginning of a diverse and multi-faceted exploration of technology as it relates to the design, facilitation, and assessment of learning opportunities. The Technology Knowledge Community is looking to help lead the charge in exploring technology as learning management systems, as IT solutions, as data management, and as a host of other programs, supports, and services that impact and will continue to influence the profession and our field.

At our annual Business Meeting, the TKC highlighted numerous projects and initiatives that centre on our guiding Four Pillars: Research & Scholarship, Engagement, Education & Training, and Advocacy. Our #SAGrad chat continues to create and engage a strong community, and our TKC Research Agenda will begin to delve into the scholarship of technology in higher education.

NASPA 2016 also saw the introduction of our new TKC Chair-Elect, Joe Sabado. We are thrilled to welcome Joe to the team! Learn more about Joe's vision for the future of the TKC below:

My vision is for NASPA’s TKC to be the leading voice for the advancement of effective student affairs technology use, not only for the TKC, but for NASPA and student affairs as a profession for student success and professional development.

In collaboration with the current chair and the TKC leadership team, my objectives are: 1) to build on the four pillars and work already in progress, 2) to expand conversations beyond digital communication and to include information and educational technologies, 3) to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion that respects the voice of any member regardless of their experience or title, and to 4) to promote the awareness and adoption of the technology competency in the field of student affairs.

The Technology Knowledge Community is looking forward to a great year ahead! We invite you to join the conversation - tweet us at @NASPA_TKC and find us on Facebook (NASPA Technology Knowledge Community). 

Lisa Endersby is a speaker, consultant, educator, and storyteller exploring the intersecting realms of technology, leadership, and assessment in higher education. She currently serves as Experiential Learning Projects Coordinator at Queen's University, and has recently completed a term as the Technology in Student Affairs Consultant for the NASPA Techne Conference. Lisa is also the National Chair for the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community (TKC), where her work supports advocacy, training, and research designed to further our conversations and knowledge around technology in student affairs. Lisa has written extensively about assessment, leadership development, authenticity, community, and technology for publications and outlets including New Directions in Student Leadership, Research and Practice in Assessment, the Student Affairs Collective, the NASPA Assessment, Research, & Evaluation and Technology KC blogs, the Student Affairs Feature, and the NASPA Leadership Exchange. She holds a Master’s of Education degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Lisa also enjoys numerous volunteer roles with ACPA and CACUSS, including serving on the planning committee for ACPA 2016, the first ACPA Convention held outside of the United States. An avid chocolate connoisseur, voracious reader, and proud Canadian, Lisa loves to explore (and disrupt) idea(l)s of success, busy, and 'shoulds'.

Joe Sabado is the Acting Executive Director for Student Information Systems & Technology (SIS&T) within the Division of Student Affairs at UC Santa Barbara. In this role, he oversees a team consisting of marketing/communication specialists, software, web database developers, help desk, as well as network and server administrators to provide information technology and communication services for the Division of Student Affairs including the Enrollment Services Units and more than 30 student service departments. SIS&T also serves the technology needs of the Graduate Division. Joe has 20 years of student affairs technology experience. Joe writes about student affairs leadership and technology on his blog,, and has presented on topics including social media, digital reputation, mobile web development, and alternative professional development. Joe was recently elected as the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community National Chair-Elect.

In addition to his IT leadership role, Joe has also served UCSB as a First Year Education discussion leader, NUFP mentor, summer program facilitator, staff advisor to multiple student organizations, and mentor to students and staff.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Asian American Studies and will complete his MBA with Specialization in Information Technology Management in 2016.​

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