Fall 2015 Webinar Series

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Over the course of the next 2 months, the NAFSA Tech MIG will be hosting a number of webinars on a number of different technology fields. We have found that webinars are well received, and it is a way the Tech MIG can help share information and our expertise with the NAFSA Community.

The upcoming webinars are:

Hosting virtual meetings/webinars: A deep dive into synchronous communication

When: Friday, November 13th; 2:30 to 3:30 EST

Hosted by: Stephen Tippett, NAFSA Tech MIG – Tech Liaison

Want to learn all about hosting virtual meetings and webinars, and how to get this done? This is the webinar for you!



Getting to Groningen: Digital Student Data Portability

When: Thursday, November 19th; 12 Noon EST

Hosted by: Cheryl DarrupBoychuck, CIEO of FundsV.com

Given higher volumes of international applications and fewer resources, admissions colleagues are challenged to boost both the efficiency and integrity of the process. Learn how fresh technological advancements and thoughtful global initiatives are addressing these issues that impact the entire International Enrollment Management cycle. Catch a glimpse into the future of “digital student data portability” – driven by a generation empowered by the opportunity to actively control their online footprint.


How to advocate for investments in technology

When: Friday, December, 11th; 1:00-2:00 EST

Hosted by: Denver Miller


Mapping Study Abroad – GIS, Maps, and Universities

When: Friday, January 29th, 12:00 – 1:00 EST

Hosted by: Sarah Cordivano (Azavea & GeoPhilly)

Mapping and spatial analysis (the process of examining locations, attributes, and relationships of data via map overlays and other analytical techniques) can provide powerful insights about the international education industry. These analytical methods helps simplify complex patterns, improves decision-making and yield more effective storytelling. These analysis and visualizations can be used to create advocacy tools to advance the cause of education. Learn how spatial analysis works and some of the best tools available for mapping and visualizing data. See real-world examples of how it has transformed decision making and data communication.


New Times Call for New Methods: How Gamification can be used in Higher Education to Enhance Employability

When: Friday, February 5th, 11:00 – 12:00 EST

Hosted by: Nannette Ripmeester, Director of Expertise in Labour Mobility

Current-day students have become more concerned about their employment prospects than ever before: it’s on their minds when they choose where and what to study, and it’s there when they graduate. However, merely presenting students with abundant information is not effective; they need to engage with the material. Gamification offers an attractive solution where students analyse data and test their knowledge in a game format.

The use of game elements in non-game (online) environment has a natural advantage to it – the fun aspect. Games offer the thrill of a challenge, a possibility to immediately test the newly gained knowledge and to see your results. Visualisation is key here as images make it easier to grasp the content quickly and to keep track of your progress. Above all, Gamification speaks the language of modern students – it’s digital and offers endless opportunities to engage with large groups of users, regardless of time or location.



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