Tag: new to the profession

Novice to Pro: The Journey of a Self-taught Web Developer (AIM1)

Web development has come a long way since 2004, the year Vineyard put his first website into production. Hehad been learning about programming for a while, but he didn’t understand the steps he needed to take next. Vineyard says he had almost no context for getting a programming language to work. Best of all, he was programming PHP in Dreamweaver on Windows XP (yeah, baby!). The work he does today is drastically different from the work he was doing then. Vineyard utilizes tools like virtual machines, command line utilities, pre-processors, and package managers. How did he get here? How do others get here? In this session Vineyard will tell you about the journey he's taken to becoming a self-taught, professional PHP web developer and give you hints on where he thinks the web development industry is going next. He will highlight the use of DevOps and testing, future frameworks and tools, and statements from thought leaders. From a leadership perspective, too, he'll talk about how to keep your co-workers and followers from making the same mistakes he made. Vineyard will also give tips on how to encourage their personal growth into the awesome world of web development.

Website Deathmatch - What I Learned by Choosing My NCAA Winners Based on Websites (MCS1)

There are a variety of techniques for picking the NCAA winners. Some choose their favorite colors, the underdog, or even use actual basketball stats.  For the past two years, Pipe has picked her bracket based on the main university websites, using a specific set of criteria for evaluating each website. Pipe will walk through her process, and share what she learned about the current state of web design in Higher Ed along the way. You might be surprised by the winners. Attendees will also discover methods for evaluating university websites, successful ways to implement common university web tasks, and the state of web design in Higher Education.

Playing Politics: How To Get Exactly What You Want at Any Given Time (MPD3)

The biggest mistake I made in my career was thinking that I was above the idea of playing politics in my organization, and it cost me dearly. I've learned a lot since then, and kick myself for not learning it sooner. Now that I've mastered the tricks of the trade, I can not only advance my professional priorities, but also maintain a better work/life balance and a significantly more positive working environment. It doesn't matter what your job is, or what level you are at - if you want to be successful professionally, you need to learn how to master the political landscape of your organization. This is particularly true in higher education. This session will teach you how to use the dynamics of your organization to gain influence, advance your priorities, and use politics for good rather than for evil. To make sure that everyone leaves the session on the right foot, attendees will have the chance to take a free Everything DiSC Workplace Profile assessment that will give them a customized 20 page report about their workplace style and how they need to interact with others to get results.

Human at Work or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Get Better at My Job (MPD9)

Where does our time go? Somewhere in the middle of our overlapping project deadlines, meetings, and daily emails, we are all just trying to do good work, but it's hard to keep up. We do our best to stay organized with productivity apps and calendars and "lifehacks" but in the end we are humans and easily distracted by funny videos of cats — how can we be expected to actually get stuff done each day? It all comes down to habits. The way we check our email, where and when we have lunch, how we take notes in meetings — understanding and changing our work habits is the key to unlocking our productivity, and finding a better work-life balance. I struggled with managing my own workload for years until I started analyzing my personal productivity habits and researching ways I could improve. I found that small changes in the way that I use email, schedule my time, and manage my tasks, not only made me more productive but also led to improved communication and productivity for my team. I'll show you how some simple changes in the structure of my days and a new approach my work have helped me start replacing bad habits with good ones, and get better at my job. And I'll teach you how to evaluate your own habits, make focused productivity part of every day, and become a healthier, happier, and way-less-stressed human with way more time for enjoying all those cat videos you crave.

Making Love to the Admissions Staff: Enrollment Management 101 for Web Professionals (TIE10)

Enrollment management -- what we all used to know as "admissions" back in the day -- is more data-driven than ever before. The funnel is changing, and communication streams are getting more complex. Ensuring that your web team and enrollment team are on the same page is a great way to make sure that your school is maximizing its potential to enroll the right students. Higher enrollment (yield) = more $$ = more HighEdWeb! (What else are you going to do with that? Hire an assistant?!)

Cardsorting for Humanities: Context in Usability Testing (UAD11)

When developing websites for students, faculty, and researchers, it can be easy to think that we have all the answers. That all we need to do is pair what we think the solution is with what we think the problem is, and we’re good to go. So why we do we get it so wrong so often? Why do so many academic web projects fail to have an impact, to meet the goals and needs of the site’s users? This sessions will explore how usability testing techniques can provide the context we need to avert this kind of mismatch, borrowing a bit from a recent Kickstarter game to demonstrate how things can down the wrong path (even with the best of intentions). Sometimes we celebrate the worst possible interpretation when conducting user testing, simply by seeing only what we want to see. Knowing how to iterate, how to test, and how to use your user input is key. Otherwise, we're really just making assumptions, aren't we? And you know how that game ends.

Flipping the Classroom through Blended Learning (TIE11)

Recent research in learning has discussed the merits of constructivist learning as well as the possibility of mixing instructivist and constructivist learning (using the Cronje model) to provide an active and comprehensive approach. This presentation will showcase a course that was redesigned as a blended course using Canvas, online tools, and the classroom. This course design may provide instructors and course developers who are not yet ready to go completely online take a first step in that direction and gain some of the value of the flipped classroom.

Things I F#@$!d Up- Stories from a young designer (MPD11)

Over the last seven years, Jacob has worked as a graphic designer at Illinois State University, and he has screwed up. A lot. Working with a super-sized ego at a medium-sized web office, failure comes fast; but so does education. With some humility, a lot of self-deprecation, and just a touch of irreverence, Jacob will share stories of professional embarrassment, creative conflicts, democratic dissolution, and international espionage (note: there is no international espionage). Through these professional flubs, some simple but challenging truths were discovered that helped projects run smoother; even in an environment when common sense solutions can seem elusive.