Following a few technical difficulties (Julie awkwardly fills the space, but you should use the time to watch your favorite version of Call Me Maybe), Gary and Julie were joined by Conor McLaughlin, host of Life Work Balances, last week.

We talked graduation speeches and other fun topics galore. View a few of our favorites below. See you all in the Fall!

You Are Not Special – speech from Wellesley High School

Andy Samberg at Harvard Class Day

Bill Cosby at Temple University

Neil Gaiman at University of the Arts

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Gary and Julie discussed the recent NY Times article which looked at the high amount of student loan debt many students are taking on in order to earn a four year degree. We highlight a response from the President of Ohio Northern University, and the ROI from some popular colleges/universities.

NY Times article

Ohio Northern’s President Responds

Project on Student Debt

ROI of Colleges and Universities

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During the Campus Tech Connection (#CTCX) Show No. 60, we starting to discuss how technology has impacted social justice on our college and university campus – and beyond. Social activism is an intentional action with the goal of bringing about social change. An activist is anyone who is fighting for change in society – such as a rally against tuition increase, fighting against international human rights abuses, or educating others about a social issue.  The question is – what happens when technology is interwoven into these actions for change? Is liking a Facebook page enough? How can a tweet really start a revolution? Are our students really engaged in activism by using their mobile device? Listen to the broadcast from Friday, May 25th as @BruceBMann, @Kathy_Petras & @JulieCLarsen share their ideas, thoughts, concerns and more about the topic of technology & social activism.

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Image from Malcom Gladwell’s article Small Change in The New Yorker

Do YOU have thoughts, opinions, or questions on this topic? Join in the conversation FRIDAY (5/25) at 12 pm CST here:


The Campus Tech Connection (#CTCX) had a great chat with the CEO of GoingOn, Jon Corshen, on Monday (5/7/12). For those of you who may remember, GoingOn was a sponsor for the inaugural #NASPAtech conference in 2011.

GoingOn Networks is a San Francisco based education technology company that has created an Academic Social Network to enable colleges and universities to streamline communications, foster connections, and simplify collaboration across the extended campus.

Here are a few thoughts from Jon that is cross-posted on the GoingOn blog:

New social technologies provide powerful tools for creating a “connected campus” where students and faculty can more effectively engage in all aspects of their academic life, far beyond the confines of the course.

Schools have invested millions of dollars deploying institution-wide portals with good reason: they do several things very well. Most importantly, they provide users with a central place for accessing a myriad of disparate back-end systems, including the LMS and SIS. More advanced portals also provide easy access to transactional processes, such as registration, grades, and financial aid. But the other core vision for the portal was to provide a central way for students, faculty and administrators to access school-wide information and to connect with the people and resources that help them succeed. In this area, portals have been a dismal failure.

As CEO of GoingOn, I have talked to hundreds of universities about what is essentially a communication problem: how to get the right information to the right people at the right time. Today’s students (and increasingly the faculty as well) are not willing to go to portals and navigate a maze of menus and pages to try to find information. They want relevant and timely information “pushed” to them in simple and actionable chunks. Short of having an effective way to do this, most schools have resorted to “institutionalized” spam. My sister-in-law, a professor at a California state university, told me that she gets over a hundred emails a day from a myriad of generic list servers and email groups. She reads about 15% of them.

So where do we go from here? To find the answer, you simply need to look as far as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These companies have done in five years what major companies like IBM, Oracle and Datatel could not accomplish in the prior twenty years: crack the code on collaborative modalities. These solutions have been so effective as to spawn global revolutions. The key reason for these product successes lies in the core design tenants on which they are based, including “push-based” activity streams, sharing, liking, following, in-line commenting, and, increasingly, intelligent recommendations. Take a look across the current academic technology stack (LMS, SIS, Portals, etc.) and you will not find a single system that effectively utilizes these essential concepts. How can we possibly engage today’s students if we do not adopt these new online models for facilitating communication, connections and collaboration?

GoingOn and a handful of other early innovators are developing a new generation of Academic Social Networks. These private institution-wide networks allow schools to extend their current systems and to apply social models to the critical goal of student engagement and faculty empowerment. The result is higher retention, integrated curriculum, and most importantly, a more rewarding academic life experience.

If you were not able tune in live be sure to check out the podcast here:

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#CTCX No. 62: Crowdsourcing Student Potential with @AlumniChoose

by Laura Pasquini April 22, 2012

Have you ever wanted to give back to you alma mater in a meaningful way? Be sure to check out this week’s Campus Tech Connection podcast as we welcomed  @tomkrieglstein back to the show to learn how alumni can contribute to the crowdsourcing student potential with @AlumniChoose. Listen to internet radio with BreakDrink on Blog Talk Radio […]

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Daily Dose of Student Affairs (March 20)

by Gary Ballinger March 20, 2012

Daily Dose of Student Affairs 3.20.12 (Audio) Southern Mississippi Students Disciplined After Racist Incident at NCAA Tournament (#SoMissStep) Five members of the University of Southern Mississippi pep band have had their scholarships revoked and have been removed from the band after they yelled a derogatory chant at a Puerto Rican player during an NCAA basketball tournament […]

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Daily Dose of Student Affairs (March 13)

by Gary Ballinger March 13, 2012

Daily Dose of Student Affairs 3.13.12 (Click Here to play) UCLA Deciding If It Should Inquire about Sexual Identity (#UCLAreg) The UCLA Academic Senate recently recommended that students be allowed to identify as LGBTQ on their “Statement on Intent to Register” if they choose to do so. Proponents believe this will give the university the opportunity […]

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CTCX #57: Getting Connected in Higher Ed, Part II

by Laura Pasquini February 13, 2012

Join the Campus Tech Connection (#CTCX) podcast LIVE today (2/13) from 12-1 pm CST as we have an action-packed line up of guests to share how to get connected in Higher Education. Our guests include: #CTCX #SAtech Highlight of the week: @katieschmalzel and @jjwil325 from the @SAFirstYears team will tell us about their blogging adventures at Student Affairs – […]

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The #CTCX No. 54: List-O-Mania

by Laura Pasquini December 22, 2011

The Campus Tech Connection (#CTCX) podcasters are making a list… and checking it twice on TOMORROW’s (12/23) podcast. Join us as the #CTCX elves compare lists of gadgets, tech, past shows and MORE from 2011 from 12-1 pm CST. What’s on your “best of” list for 2011? 

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Daily Dose of Student Affairs – 12/6/11

by Gary Ballinger December 6, 2011

University Offers Contest for Free Tuition for Life! Not only would the winner of the competition at Cardiff University have their undergraduate degree fees of £27,000 paid in full, but they would also be funded to do MA, MBA, PhD and continuing professional development courses. The total value of the scholarship is therefore at least […]

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