On Landmarks and Lighting Out for New Territory

I’ve been quiet for a while, so quiet on this blog that I missed this happen, as WP informed me 86 days ago:

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I had a few other things going on 😉

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So now, as I contemplate what I want the social media presence to be for my new office, word press has spurred some reflection on what my social media presence has been in general… and, funnily enough, has made me feel a little hesitant to jump in with both feet–for what seems like the first time in my advising career, to hesitate before lighting out for the new, unexplored territory of engaging a student population that, as of yet, I know only a little about. (Don’t judge my preposition: http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/churchill.html)Joined FB

I’ve been situating my advising praxis in social media environments for far longer than 5 years, but it was only five years ago that I found a way to use a blog in a way that I thought truly engaged students and benefited my advisees’ development. I guess that’s why I put on the brakes a few days ago in planning on creating the social communications plan for the Advising Office I now direct. I wondered if my students would actually benefit from my grand scheme of communicating with them in as many Web environments as exist. What if they aren’t simply there? Will my efforts be the proverbial “tree in the forest?”

I don’t know that there has been much of a point to this post beyond getting the chance to share a few wedding/honeymoon pics. Maybe also to say, “wow, I’ve been doing this for five years now? It’s time for a new direction!” Suggestions, anyone?

 

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About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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One Response to On Landmarks and Lighting Out for New Territory

  1. For what it’s worth, I’ve really enjoyed hearing your perspective on academic advising over the years. I wish you all the best in finding your new direction!

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