Technology

Technology

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.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Technology Knowledge Community. If you are interested in technology and how it is connected to learning, research, and our daily lives in student affairs, then you are in the right spot. Our KC welcomes students, faculty and staff from higher education institutions from all across the world. Our focus follows the foundation created by our four pillars – advocacy, education and training, research and scholarship, and engagement. We would love to have you join in on the conversation and help us define, research and guide the future connections of technology with student affairs and our role in higher education. Join us to follow along, discuss, write, teach or lead - no matter your interest, we’ve got a place for you!

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.

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Roster

Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.

Recent Blogs

Resources

TKC MEETINGS

2017 NASPA TKC Buisiness Meeting (audio from San Antonio, TX)

WEBINARS/EDUCATIONAL

Making Your Media Accessable - Online Learning Course

Incorporating Digital Tools Into Your Departmental Marketing - Webinar (use code TechKC100% for free access)

PUBLICATIONS

The Annual Knowledge Community Conference Publication (2018) - (TKC article "The Impact of Technology on the Student Affairs Profession" on page 74)

HIGHER ED TECH BLOGS

Just can't get enough? Check out EDTECH's (@EdTech_HigherEd) "The Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs". Know a great blog that we should consider for the next update? Be sure to send it to us in an EMAIL.

Archived "DIGITAL - TKC Newsletter"

 

Events

One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.

Awards & Grants

Initiatives

2019-2020 Focus: Coming Soon
Ongoing Projects
  • Increase member engagement through the renewal and ongoing promotion of the #SATech Chat
  • Discuss and explore options for a NASPA Technology Conference 
  • Establish and promote a Research Agenda focused on relevant and timely technology scholarship Pursuing the possibility of establishing a regular Technology in Higher Education publication
  • Creation of the TKC Leadership Manual to provide community history & continuity while clarifying roles & expectations
  • Partner with the Disability KC to create a Web Accessibility proposal for web-based communications
  • Increase engagement of the TKC Representatives charged with liaising with the NASPA Regions

Technology Competency

The Technology Competency represents an exciting new chapter for professional development and the field of student affairs. Just as our students can be seen as the ‘early adopters’ of technology, so to will we now have the opportunity to be the ‘agents of change’ in this new (virtual) world

 

Competency Posts/Resources:

·      Grounding Student Affairs Work in Technology : ACPA/NASPA Approves Updated Competencies, Dr. Josie Ahlquist

·      The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators, Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

·      Are you a Digital Explorer, Educator or Influencer? | Foundational Technology Skills in Student Affairs, Dr. Josie Ahlquist

·      Digesting the TECH Competency for Student Educators #SAtech, Dr. Laura Pasquini

·      Incorporating the ACPA/NASPA Technology Competency into your Student Affairs position, Check I’m Here

·      ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies, HigherEd Live

·      Getting more Competent with Technology, Eric Stoller

·      Thoughts on the ACPA/NASPA Technology Competency, Joe Sabado

·      Leading the Way: Crafting the ACPA/NASPA Technology Competency, Matthew Brinton, Ed Cabellon, Tony Doody, Lisa Endersby & Kevin Valliere

Downloads

Download your copy - ACPA NASPA Professional Competencies

Download your copy - ACPA NASPA Professional Competencies Rubrics

We Want To Hear From You!

We want to see how you are applying the Technology Competency. We will soon have an online form for you to share your stories, ideas, and implimentations on your own campus.