Presentation on theme: "Goal: To consider five issues technology- related issues that affect our work as student affairs professionals Student Expectations Personal Relationships."— Presentation transcript:
Goal: To consider five issues technology- related issues that affect our work as student affairs professionals Student Expectations Personal Relationships Ethical Concerns Professional Development Access Issues Reflecting on who we are, what we know, and where we are going
Student Expectations How has technology changed students expectations of us as professionals? Personal Relationships How are technological developments changing relationships within the campus community? Ethical Concerns What ethical challenges does technology present to our students? What is our role in responding to them? Professional Development How are we staying current and innovative in our work with students? Access Issues How can we accommodate our use of technology to include students with different levels of knowledge and access ?
Constantly Wired Applied to college using online application process Utilize online registration and classroom tools Use cell phones and internet as means to stay connected to peers, family, etc. Connect technology use with good service Frustrated by slow or out-dated information Prefer to use technology as a way to gather information over face-to-face interactions
As a division, we have to acknowledge the importance of technology to our students in order to maintain the value of the [student affairs] profession and fulfill the promise to students who rely on [us] to advocate and understand their out-of-classroom needs (Kleinglass, 2005, p. 26) The expectation that information and services will be available according to the 24/7 service demands and Web savvy of todays students has resulted in efforts by colleges and universities to transition many routine and relatively simple institutional transactions to the Web (Moneta, 2005, p. 6 )
In what ways does your office currently use technology resources? How do we balance good service with encouraging more realistic expectations? What aspects of your work are you committed to delivering through personal interactions with students despite student demands for technology?
Internet Communities Facebook.com- 600 colleges and 2.4 million users (Maria Tess Shier) Form community without geographic or physical limitations (Maria Tess Shier) Serve no true academic purpose Often reinforce negative behaviors and biases toward others Complicate engaging students in campus community
Family Involvement Millennial generation views parents as friends (Howe and Strauss, 2007). High level of family involvement in decisions regarding college admissions process persists throughout college experience (Coburn, 2006) New family concerns: mental health issues, campus safety, students level of satisfaction with campus services
Involving students in our campus community both in and outside the classroom promotes greater social and academic integration, which can then lead to persistence (Braxton, 2003, p. 319). The more successful we are in helping parents understand the normal stages of late adolescent development, the less anxious they are likely to be about their own childs behavior. The less anxious they are, the more likely they are to support their childs growth in appropriate and meaningful ways- and the less likely they are to intervene inappropriately (Coburn, 2006, p. 10)
How can we use internet communities to develop new relationships with students? To connect students with peers? How might we use technology resources to develop meaningful relationships with families? How can we collaborate as a division to improve relationships as a campus community through technology?
Academic Integrity Technology provides limitless access to information and methods to cheat NSSE 2003 survey: 87% of participating students admit to copying information directly from an internet source without citation at least some of the time (Shier) Students find it easier to rationalize or justify cheating (McCabe in Levine)
Unhealthy Behaviors Internet Addiction Gambling Illegal Acts- Stalking, File-sharing Often, students do not realize that these behaviors are unhealthy or dangerous
The technological tools for plagiarizing are always going to outstrip any technological tools for detecting it (Tribble in Levine) The challenge… is to create policies and approaches that are flexible enough to meet changing times, however they may change (McCollum, 1999, p.1) Student affairs professionals are often charged with responding to these issues
What is our level of responsibility as professionals to address these kinds of behaviors? How can we collaborate with each other to address these issues? With students? With academic affairs? With information technology services? How can we use technology and these ethical concerns to educate students on personal and community responsibility? What do we want them to know?
Underprepared Professionals Unclear CAS standards for technology education in student affairs graduate programs (Renn & Zeligman, 2005) Entry level professionals begin careers with different levels of training (Renn & Zeligman, 2005) High demand for more resources and skill development at all levels of profession (Dare, 2006)
Individuals charged with providing student services in face-to-face settings…are not being well prepared to deal with the challenges of integrating technology and online learners into their work (Renn, 2005, p. 547) Beyond developing the skills to use tools, professionals need to comprehend and envision how technology can be used. (Kleinglass, 2005, p. 30)
What kind of technology training did you receive in graduate school or in prior positions? How comfortable do you feel using technology in your position? Are there areas in which you would like to have more training? What ideas do you have on better incorporating technology in our work? How can we as a Division of Student Affairs promote innovation and support new ideas?
Students enter college with a wide range of access to and comfort with technology. Students benefit from early access to technology. A Study Poll study done in 2003 showed that students with an ACT score between 26 and 36 were more likely to have had access to a computer than students with ACT scores of 21 or lower (97 vs. 88 %) (Gifford, Briceno- Perriott, Mianzo, 2005). Identity characteristics can affect access: Socioeconomic status Race Gender Age
Almost every step of the college search and application process has become electronic. Admissions & financial aid applications, class registration, room selection, etc. Not all students are equally prepared to meet these expectations. Socioeconomic status surpasses all other considerations related to the access to technology, including ethic or minority group affiliation (Solomon, 2002).
In what ways do social identities and characteristics limit students access to college? Do you have expectations of students technological knowledge and capabilities? Is it realistic to have these expectations of all students? How can we as a division ensure that all students are receiving proper technological training?
Commitment The Division of Student Affairs will dedicate the resources and support need to address the challenges posed by technology and to optimize the learning opportunities it creates. Collaboration In order to fulfill this commitment we will need to partner with students, academic affairs, and each other. Assessment To begin this process we will evaluate where we are on the five issues we have discussed today, create a strategic plan our divisions goals for technology, and continue assessing our progress for the upcoming year.
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