Make the most of Technology!!

Friends, if you like speakers like Doris Kearns Goodwin (or Clay Christensen, whom we’ll be adding to the offerings), or ideas that make the most of tech, you may really like this.

We are co-hosting a selection of scheduled sessions from the 2014 Educause conference, thanks to a partnership between Information Technology and the Office of Teaching and Learning, viewable via live broadcasts.

To see sessions we’ll offer and their times and locations, register with us online (deadline Fri. Sep. 26th) at:

And be prepared to share your thoughts with other BSU attendees at each session!

You’ll find full conference schedule and session descriptions on the attached virtual conference agenda.

We hope you can join us!

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Finding Balance and Your Best YOU!


When: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Where: Weygand Multi-Purpose Room, 1047

Time: 12pm (Feel free to bring your lunch!)

Facilitator: Dr. Roopa Rawjee


Light refreshments will be served!


Please read the linked article!


Are you feeling the end of the semester stress? Burned out?

Do you struggle with finding balance?

Please join us for a roundtable discussion with Dr. Roopa Rawjee. Our goal is to identify our needs and strategies to help us live a well-balanced life.

This session will be interactive and practical.

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Use Pecha Kucha Presentations to Challenge Your Students


Learn how one instructor has incorporated the use of the Pecha Kucha presentation style for student presentation assignments in his classes. Pecha Kucha is a challenging style of presentation that pushes students to move beyond the traditional PowerPoint slideshow designs with 15 bullets and loads of text and to think critically about how they can creatively use the slideshow space for presenting their ideas in a concise, effective manner. This hands-on workshop can also help instructors who use PowerPoint for classroom lecture to consider new ways of delivering their slideshow content.

Facilitated by Eric LePage, Director, Computing Support Services

Tuesday, May 6, 2:00-3:00 PM, Moakley 133 Computer Lab; (sponsored by the Office of Teaching & Learning and the Teaching Technology Center)

Please register using the link below.

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Social Media IS Your Job!

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Where: Weygand Multi-Purpose Room, 1047

Time: 12pm (Feel free to bring your lunch!)

Facilitator: Dr. Cathy Holbrook


Light refreshments will be served!


In higher education, the tools are always changing and it’s inevitable that some of us embrace them and others resist… social media is that now. Do you remember when personal computers made their way to every desk?  What about email?  How many of you remember people who said “I don’t need a computer!” or “I don’t have time to read and answer email!”  Today, email is our official means of communication and very few of us can imagine not having it, never mind saying we won’t use it.  The point is that social media is another tool in the toolbox that we cannot afford NOT to use…it aids us in communication with students in real time, let’s us put our finger on the pulse of what students are thinking, enables us to market our programs, and to connect with students we may never see otherwise.  Social media IS our job….let’s discuss!



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5 Tips for Creating Your Own Blog

Have you considered starting your own blog?  Whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, blogging can be a great way to share your story and connect with others.  There are many benefits to blogging.

I’ve had a personal blog for over three years.  It has allowed me to have a creative outlet where I can document life.  Over the years I have covered a number of topics from the renovation of our home to sharing recipes to now chronicling my daughter’s life.


If you’re considering embarking on the blogging journey, here are five tips to hit the ground running:

  1. Choose a blogging platform.  There are a number of blogging sites from to Blogger to Typepad; some are free of charge while others do have a cost associated with them.  Do some research and explore what may work best for the kind of blog you hope to build.  If you would like to blog from your own domain, look into purchasing and where decide who will host your domain.
  2. Consider your niche/interest area.  Find something your passionate about so the writing will come (somewhat) easily.  Blogging does not have to be all-consuming, but it can easily turn into something that is more time-intensive than you expected.  Writing about something you are passionate about will make blogging feel like less of a burden and more of a pleasure when you’re pressed for time.
  3. Create a plan.  Spend some time generating ideas for what you hope to write about before you begin to post.  This may mean doing some research on a topic you hope to write about or spending time taking photos for your blog posts.  It all depends on the type of blog you intend to create.  Other resources to consider are where your images will come from.  Do you have the time and ability to take your own photos or will you use stock photography?
  4. Connect with others. Consider your intended blog audience and how you will build that audience.  Are there people you already know who also blog about the subject or something similar?  Read their blogs and leave a comment or send an email to try to make a connection.  The blogging community can be a friendly place and bloggers love knowing someone is reading their blog and taking the time to comment shows you have considered their content.  Another great way to build an audience is to share your blog posts via social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are popular ways of spreading the word).
  5. Keep a calendar (of sorts).  It can be really helpful to have a calendar and/or journal dedicated to your blog.  This will help you stay organized, as you can plan ahead the types of blog posts you want to write or jot down ideas when you feel inspired.  A blog calendar can be as simple as using a Google calendar and adding notes about the post to the description.

I hope this overview of considerations when starting a blog is helpful.  If you have questions, please feel free to email me at

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Using Social Media for Marketing at Bridgewater State


BSU Student Affairs | Social Media Marketing Approach

Social media’s ubiquity in our society is undeniable. While many of us have used it for personal, educational, or professional reasons, there may be times when we called to use to advertise our programs and services. After working with some of our departments, as well as the BSU Graduate School and Academic Achievement Center this semester, I thought it may be helpful to share a philosophy on social media marketing consistent with many others in the higher education space.

If you and your department have agreed to utilize social media communication channels to advertise your events or services, consider the following overarching areas:

1. Audience: Who are you trying to reach? Students (resident or commuter), faculty, staff, administrators, parents, alumni, the general BSU community, or all of the above? Often we approach marketing from a “one size fits all” approach and that may not be the best or most efficient way. Consider creating a brief assessment and find out how your audience prefers to receive these messages (e.g. email, text, social media, web pages, printed flyers, etc.)

Also, consider who are the influencers in your intended audiences. Over social media, one way to discover this is to search for their Klout or Kred scores. Using Google Chrome as your web browser, you can install the Klout Plugin and using can immediately see (through their scores) who you should mention and reach out to help amplify your efforts.

Without a full understanding of your intended audience, you may not reach your intended results.

2. Message: What is your intended goal and how can you say this as simply as possible that your intended audience will understand? For example:

- Intended Goal: Get 50 student teams to sign up for the 7th Annual Campus MovieFest Competition
Simply Put: Who will represent BSU at Campus MovieFest in Hollywood this year?
How Will Audience Understand?: Join us on a CampusMovie “Quest!”

Often times we over complicate this step with operational details… instead, keep it simple. If you have to change your audience or have multiple audiences, you must repeat this step all over again.

3. Social Media Tool(s): What main social media tool(s) fit the message(s) you are trying to share with your intended audience(s)? With so many tools to choose from, how can you make this as simple as possible for your audience to consume the message? To continue the example from point 2:

- Social Media Tool(s): YouTube, cross-posted to Facebook and Twitter. Our intended audience are student filmmakers, so using a medium that shares videos is important. As secondary tools, Facebook and Twitter amplify the original message, making it easier to share with wider audiences.

4. What Kind of Help Do You Need? After making decisions on the first three, its important to consider what kind of help you will need to pull of the details together. Will you need to cover any costs not planned for (e.g. Targeted Facebook or Twitter Ads?) How can you use RCC (soon to be Student Affairs) Marketing services to implement some of your ideas? Reach out to those who may be able to help!

5. Defining Success: Finally, determine what types of metrics you will use to measure success. To continue on the example above:

-Final Numbers of Teams for the 2014 Campus MovieFest
- Number of clicks to: Video, Facebook, Twitter, links
Analytics information from Facebook and Twitter’s backend, including: Unique views, retweets, re-shares, comments, and mentions.

At the end of these steps, you should be able to tell a STORY about what you and your department are trying to do that INSPIRES ACTION to share, encourage, or even take part. As a division, our intention should be to find that story at the intersection of the audience, message, and social media tool used.

How do you approach marketing in your department? Why or why not is social media included in your strategy?

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The Social and Interactive Web: Today’s Web 2.0


As part of SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK, Student Affairs invites you to learn about:

“The Social & Interactive Web: Today’s Web 2.0″

Educators in all areas can benefit by infusing some or all social media communication tools in their learning environments. In this online training workshop, via Atomic Learning, discover how these tools work in order to apply them in educational settings. Thanks to our friend in Information Technology for sponsoring our Atomic Learning series during Social Media Week and beyond! 

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