Posted March 5, 2012 by Edmund Cabellon 

Technology and Social Media at the Annual Conference

With the annual conference only a few weeks away, I wanted to share what the Conference Program Team, with the assistance of the Central Office, has planned for integrating social media and technology. With strong wireless connections throughout the hotel, free wireless Internet access on the first and second floors, and conference “recharge” stations on the third floor, I suspect that many of you will want to take part in some or all of these activities.

  1. Building/accessing conference program information
    ACUI is giving conference delegates a broader choice on how they can access and manage their conference schedules via Guidebook, Sched, or the traditional printed program. ACUI Regions 1, 5, and 15 have already used Guidebook successfully at their conferences, and with the addition of Sched for those who don’t have a smartphone, we have covered all of the bases to getting the conference information most important to you.
  2. QR code integration
    QR codes will be everywhere at the annual conference. From the “Boston Sights” and “Boston Bites” bulletin boards by the Conference Concierge desk to the crowdsourcing of educational session ideas and evaluation data, make sure that you have the best QR code reader for your smartphone or tablet ready to use.
  3. Social Media Challenge
    The Social Media Challenge is back! After a successful first run in Chicago, the challenge has been expanded to include Google Plus, YouTube, Foursquare, etc. From social media rookies wanting to learn more about these tools to veterans who want to put their skills to the test, there is something for everyone! With a Kindle Fire up for grabs, how far will you go?
  4. Sharing “wicked awesome” ideas
    For the first time, the Conference Program Team is encouraging all conference delegates to share the “wicked awesome" ideas they learn during the educational sessions online. Whether it be through a Google Doc and/or a Twitter hashtag (example: “Re-Examining Digital Student Identity” in Block 1), each presenter will invite you to share your notes and ideas with the conference delegation. At the end of the conference experience, we will centralize all the knowledge and organize it so you can find the answers you need quickly.
  5. Twitter
    As an early adopter of Twitter, I am very excited to see how integrated it will be at this year’s conference. I’m actually most excited about how it is now an option to be added to your nametag! Even though I mentioned above that each educational session will have its own unique hashtag, please add #acui12 to all conference-related tweets as we will be monitoring it closely! If you need a quick tutorial on Twitter, I highly recommend Jeff Jackson’s Breakdrink Twitter Guide or my post on “Teaching Twitter to Higher Education Colleagues.” If you still are not on Twitter, make the 2012 ACUI annual conference the first place you tweet!

As you can see, we have integrated social media and technology into this year’s conference to help you to relate, reflect, and react in Boston. I hope you will engage with us online to create more meaningful connections with each other in person and well after the conference is over.

What other pieces of technology or social media are you most excited about? What did we miss and could be included in St. Louis for 2013?


Edmund Cabellon

Edmund Cabellon is the Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs at Bridgewater State University.


As always, Ed, your contributions to our knowledge in the technology competency of our work are tremendous and invaluable. I look forward to participating once again in the Social Media Challenge and enhancing my own use of technology throughout the conference. Best to you!
Joe Gutowski
Comment posted 03/06/2012 8:17 AM
Thanks for keeping us engaged online and in person! I always look forward to re-connecting with everyone at the conference, and technology has made it possible to connect year round. Also, my team is excited to hear ideas for new ways to integrate social media for 2013!
Comment posted 03/06/2012 9:25 AM
I really liked all the ideas and implementations of social meeting for this conference. I think it was a novel way to stay up to date with technology and keep the attendees of the conference excited and motivated.
Comment posted 03/21/2012 4:01 PM
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