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Do you use Google Calendar? Do you feel like you spend unnecessary time setting up meetings with individual students or colleagues? If you answered “yes” to both questions, you might be interested in using an online scheduling service called Youcanbook.me.
You Can Book Me links up with your Google calendar and allows individuals to see which times you are available and schedule an appointment. The best part? Even the free version of the program offers a robust platform for customizing the service for your needs. A few highlights:
- You can set the minimum and maximum appointment length
- With a customizable ‘minimum notice’ setting, you won’t be surprised by a last minute meeting
- Upload your college or department’s logo, as well as change nearly every part of the appearance (including font, color, layout)
- Determine which days/times will be shown
- As soon as you put something on your calendar, that time immediately become unavailable to individuals using your You Can Book Me link
- Receive immediate notification when someone sets up an appointment
- Typically hold office hours? You Can Book Me can also be set up to only allow appointments during those times
I began using You Can Book Me this year to set up conduct meetings and have already saved an incredible amount of time. But the best part is that it’s allowed students to perceive me as accessible. I put the link to my You Can Book Me calendar in my email signature, as well as in a QR code on my office door. I’ve already had several students take the initiative to schedule conversations with me about a variety of topics.
When asked, all of the students who reached out to me in this way indicated that they enjoyed how easy it was. One student in particular told me “the fact you have the link in your email signature sends the message that you actually like talking with students”. This response was certainly amusing, but it also reminded me that as our students utilize technology more and more each year, it is important to engage them in ways that work for them.
Of course, streamlining my day is also a pleasant benefit.
If you’d like to learn more about You Can Book Me, or how I use the service, I’m happy to geek out with you. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, find me on Twitter at @MikalResLife – or use my You Can Book Me site to schedule a phone meeting! You can find it at http://mikalkenfield.youcanbook.me/
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Relationship btw Facebook Intensity, Friendship Contingent Self-Esteem & Personality in College Students http://www.cyberpsychology.eu/view.php?cisloclanku=2012042901&article=2 …
Looking for a cool way to present information to your students, their parents, coworkers, or other audiences? Make any document into a flippable online magazine using Issuu!
Issuu is a free publishing tool that anyone can use to create polished, professional looking online magazines. Once you upload your document, you can embed it, share it directly via social media, or send the link. It has been a great tool for creating newsletters that my students will actually read, sharing information with colleagues in my department about different topics, connecting with parents, and more. Get more info and check out a few examples here!
What College Students Should Be Wary of Posting on Social Media http://finance.yahoo.com/news/college-students-wary-posting-social-181202442.html …
In all the excitement that can come from sharing ideas, opinions and information, I find myself pausing to consider the painfully philosophical question of ‘why’ or, more accurately, ‘why, at all’. Hitting publish on a blog post is often accompanied by real or metaphorical crossed fingers, hoping that words painstakingly crafted will reach at least one set of eyes in the drink through a fire hose that is the Internet and the myriad of sites in its makeup. Writing for this blog is no exception – sharing about technology on the Internet seems like an extra layer to work through, an almost ‘meta’ fight for interest and attention when discussing the overwhelming nature of social media, for example, on the same sites that create the confusion we describe.
According to some sources, no less than 2 million blog posts are written in a single 24-hour period (http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/infographic-24-hours-on-the-internet/). 2 million posts create 2 million thoughts, and at least 2 million people clamoring for attention, validation or answers. Why, then, are we writing? Why does this blog exist? Who do we write for and why should they read what we create?
As much as we label blogs and similar Internet activities as a means to share and connect, I would argue that, more often, we write almost exclusively for ourselves.
Is this selfish? Perhaps. Is this a terrible thing we must work to rid ourselves of? Not at all.
In fact, writing for ourselves is one of the best things we can do for others; for the colleagues we share an institution with and, most importantly, for the students we have the privilege of sharing our stories with.
Writing, like any other activity we engage in, carries with it the imperative of self-expression and exploration. More than an opportunity or assumption, blogging gives us space to process ideas and share opinions. The finished product represents an intriguing and still somewhat mysterious process – we may not see each edit or backspace, but we still see a work in progress. No blog post is truly finished; it remains a courageous act of publicly sharing an often too private process of understanding our students, our institutions and our field. In sharing our process, we, in some small yet meaningful way, encourage others to do the same.
– Lisa Endersby is the Manager, Student and Campus Life at Seneca College in Ontario, Canada. She is also working to connect and engage NASPA technology friends and fans in her role supporting Community Engagement in the NASPA Technology Community.
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