October 12, 2006
Colby has started podcasting from high atop Mayflower Hill. Currently there are three podcasts available, but that number will surely grow.
The first podcast to launch was InsideColby [RSS | iTunes], a student persepctive of life on campus. This bi-weekly (for the most part) show released its fifth episode today, with a feature story about the woodsmen’s team produced by Rose Long ’10, and a short story written and read by Shelley Payne ’09.
Additionally, the Goldfarb Center has begun making audio of some of its lectures available through the Goldfarb Center Lecture Series [RSS | iTunes] podcast, and president Adams is making his speeches available through his The President at the Podium [RSS | iTunes] podcast feed.
More: Colby Blog and Podcast Directory
August 22, 2006
A must-read review from Boing Boing of the new RIAA back-to-school propaganda video.
This is such a steaming pile that it desperately needs to be remixed. Someone out there needs to make a version where every lie is interrupted with an explanation of the real story, to be shown alongside of it.
Read the article at Boing Boing: RIAA propaganda movie for students in desperate need of remix
July 11, 2006
CollegeWebEditor.com has an interesting post about holding open houses for prospective students in SecondLife, an online world that is quickly becoming a popular meeting place for corporate marketers.
For those of you not familar with SecondLife (SL), it is referred to as a massively multiplayer online world (MMOW), a role-playing world where members create avatars through which they buy and sell real estate, interact with other members in social settings (bars, restaurants, clubs, etc.), build buildings, invent things, start businesses, and participate in a complex economy that runs on Linden dollars, SL’s in-world currency.
As for open houses:
“High School seniors’ avatars could come to these events and ask their questions to your admission staff’s or student ambassadors’ avatars. They will get valuable answers while keeping their anonymity (even though this generation has no problem showcasing their entire social life including the bad and the ugly on myspace and facebook, some of them can still get shy when it comes to the college admission process 😉 They could even attend one of your institution’s classes held in SL to get a better idea of your academic programs. This type of open house would definitely give you a competitive advantage with international students or out-of-state students who cannot afford a visit in the real world.”
(As the above quote alludes to, some institutions are holding classes in SL. In fact, there is an entire program called Campus: Second Life that is specifically designed to grant educators free land in SL for the duration of their class.)
There are some complications to be overcome, not the least of which is that SL is strictly divided into under-18 and 18-and-over worlds to prevent predatory behavior. A pool of prospective students would straddle that line. The CollegeWebEditor article goes into many more issues that should be taken into consideration when contemplating a move into SL.
It is definitely worth contemplating, as it is impossible to ignore the fact that any institution doing this “would also look very cool and cutting-edge.”
Read the entire article: Should your institution hold virtual open houses in Second Life (SL)?
July 11, 2006
Geek News Central has an item about colleges that are dropping in-dorm landline phones in favor of mobile phones for each student. The catch? The colleges will use the phones to track students’ whereabouts, in case of an emergency. This raises some interesting questions about privacy. Where does the school’s responsibility to keep students safe stop, and the students’ right to privacy begin?
“As a parent, I would want to see the fine print on those agreements. Most students entering college are adults, and by law they are now responsible for their own actions yet these school are claiming they are doing this for safety reasons. I can see both sides of the fence on this one, but isn’t college generally a place that allows these young adults to test their maturity level and decision making process while at the same time hoping they get a education.”
Read the item: Off to college you go with a Mobile that Tracks you!
June 27, 2006
Citing the safety of their athletes and the reputation of their institution, Kent State is giving their student athletes until August 1st to remove their profiles from the college student-focused, social networking site Facebook.com. Student athletes who fail to meet the deadline risk losing their scholarships.
Athletics Director Laing Kennedy told the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, “We’re really concerned about the safety of our student-athletes and some of the personal information some of them have on there.”
Via: Slashdot | Kent State Banning Athletes from Using Facebook
Update (June 28, 2006): The comments on the Slashdot article are pretty interesting. Go to the link above to read all of the comments, or check out the follow-up article that discusses some of the more interesting and insightful comments.
June 13, 2006
When Jacob Roundtree ’10 scored 1380 on his SATs, he and his father, Jacob Roundtree Sr., knew that it would take some creative financing to get Jacob Jr. into a top-flight school. Over the past 2 summers, they have raised $10,000 towards Colby tuition by selling bottles of Poland Spring water on the streets of Brooklyn.
The college-fund drive began two summers ago, when Jacob Roundtree Jr. was entering his junior year at Cardozo HS in Bayside, Queens. The honor student, now 18, was worried about how to pay for college.
Read the story in the New York Post: H2O Cash Flow
June 5, 2006
The Web, Marketing & PR blog over at collegewebeditor.com has an article about how institutions can reach out to prospective students and their parents through blogs. The article addreses the common problem facing institutions: blogs are about transparency and honesty, but how honest do we want student bloggers to be?
To answer that question, they look to a post by Matt Goyer, a University-of-Waterloo-student-turned-Microsoft-program-manager for his thoughts.
“The bloggers come off as marketing puppets and not real people leading prospective students to wonder just what life at Waterloo really is like. This is because the bloggers are handpicked, paid, and not reflective of UW’s students.”
For one of Matt’s suggestions on addressing this problem, read the article: A new take on admission blogs targeted to prospective students and their parents.