If you were following me on social media the past week, you undoubtedly know that I was at the 2015 ACPA Convention in Tampa, FL. This marked my 7th ACPA Convention (2000 in Washington, DC with NASPA; 2010 in Boston; 2011 in Baltimore; 2012 in Louisville; 2013 in Las Vegas; 2014 in Indianapolis; and this past year) and the first one in three years where I was not serving on the convention planning team. While my time was not filled with convention planning team fun, it was filled with other incredible experiences.
1. ACPA Digital Task Force – Meetings and Initial Report
The ACPA Digital Task Force, co-chaired by Tony Doody and me, convened the group prior to the start of convention to go through our initial report and discuss its emergent themes. The Task Force’s sub-groups all did thoughtful and meaningful work leading up to convention and provided our scheduled time together with spirited dialogue and conversation around the complexity of the use of digital technology in higher education. Certainly, we were proud to have an updated version of Erik Qualman‘s book ready for the convention: “What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube” which served as one of the books of the ACPA 2015 Convention common read program.
Tony and I did meet with the ACPA Governing Board during convention and presented our team’s initial findings and themes, which were met with such excitement that we have are pushing up the timeline of our final report so the Board can act quickly to begin implementing some of the great ideas to move digital technology forward in our work. Once we have an updated report in place, we will be broadly sharing it for feedback and recommendations before final submission. Stay tuned for more details 🙂
I had the pleasure of presenting two sessions at this year’s convention, one at the Convention “Genius Labs” entitled, “Twitter: Beyond the Basics” and one with Paul Brown entitled, “Educators Selfie: Analysis and Suggestions for Institutional Social Media Implementation.” Both sessions were received well with some great discussion both in person and online. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing some posts on common questions I got during both sessions as a way to break down the information a bit deeper with more ways to operationalize it on your campus.
3. Receiving a Diamond Honoree Award
Whether you were there with us in Tampa or online following the hashtag or the online offerings… what did you learn at this year’s ACPA Convention? How was your experience overall?