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[Survey] Web Services Department Structure

It’s that time of year again. This survey was suggested by Matt Herzberger, Director of Web Communications at Florida International University with input from Karlyn Morissette, Michael Fienen, Kyle James, Chas Grundy from Notre Dame, Dave Olsen from West Virginia, and myself.

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Another Use for Powerpoint – Problem Solving Deck

I’ve always said that I don’t really consider myself a technology or a web person.  Instead I think of myself as more of a problem solver through technology.  If you remember a while back I wrote a blog post on Email Management Best Practices.  I very much know the challenges and problems with letting an [...]

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5 Tips for Running a Productive Social Media Meeting

5 Tips for Running a Productive Social Media Meeting

Summer is almost upon the higher education world. You know what that means for enrollment and marketing offices - planning committees, mailing calendar adjustments, strategy meetings, year-end recaps.

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The Web Singularity is Near

The Web Singularity is Near

I should probably feel terrible for making a play on Ray Kurzweil’s famous book title, because I don’t think I’m quite good enough to borrow from someone like him. But, I did it anyway. I know, I’m without shame. I’ve come to terms with that. I want to go a little editorial on you all [...]

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IMHO 7 Reasons Why Higher Ed Is the Best Gig in All the Web

IMHO 7 Reasons Why Higher Ed Is the Best Gig in All the Web

Okay, I simply couldn’t resist tossing out a counterpoint here. This topic was started by Mark Greenfield (who was following up on a Steve Krug presentation) and continued here recently by my colleague Nikki. The reason that I want to run this from the other side is twofold: one, sometimes we just need a boost.  [...]

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IMHO 7 Reasons Why Higher Ed Is the Toughest Gig in All the Web

IMHO 7 Reasons Why Higher Ed Is the Toughest Gig in All the Web

I was on Twitter last week when Mark Greenfield put out the following call:

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Data Collection #FAIL

Data Collection #FAIL

Over the years and in various roles: technical, training, leadership. I’ve served on a number of implementation teams and used a number of data-collection applications: time-tracking, project-management, Web analytics, surveys, other statistics packages. What I have learned from these experiences is that there are three common ways to fail:

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[Guru Survey] Are Classes In Your Toolbox?

[Guru Survey] Are Classes In Your Toolbox?

Good budgeting includes doing effective resource management. The web has to produce a lot of different media, and so making the most of our resources is extremely important. This is becoming increasingly important as we’re asked to do more with less. The neat thing about higher ed though is that we have access to a [...]

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Is There a Brain Drain Coming?

Is There a Brain Drain Coming?

Just last night, it was announced that the State of Kansas would be making its fifth round of budget cuts (cutting higher ed back to 2006 levels), now equaling a full $1 billion in cuts from of what was originally supposed to be a $6 billion state operating budget.  Kansas is small potatoes.  Students recently [...]

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5 min survey: State of the university Web department

5 min survey: State of the university Web department

Last week myself, Michael Fienen and Karlyn Morissette had the privilege of speaking at the HighEdWeb 2009 Conference. I can’t explain how great it was to see so many higher education web professionals, I feel humbled being around so many awesome people doing great things.

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