Hello world!

I’ll keep that title.

I made this blog to keep all my notes and research for my current role at Bellevue College in an easily assessable place. I’m the Online Advisor in Academic Advising, a part-time role where I answer emails for the department inbox, as well as take part in training and various other functions. My interests, however, lie in growing both the role¬†and the capacity for BC Advising to take part in the wide range of uses that technology and social media have to offer. I’ve been diving into a lot of research and making connections across the board, and I would like to publish those in one place, as I come across them.

My hopes lie in two areas:

  1. That technology advancements can be used to support fully online students, in the same ways and with all the same resources that on-campus students have access to.
  2. That social media can be used to spread awareness of advising to the whole student body, getting each student accurate information quickly and on a platform that students use already in their daily lives. I’m interested in the student’s desire for accurate and up-to-the-minute information, and how that could translate to an interactive and lively advising department. I’m also aware that our advisors are extremely busy, and so I want to use the technology and the social media advances as a way to reach more students as a group, in order to take some of the load off each advisor individually.

I’m new to advising, and I don’t know all the ins and outs of a campus as far as policies and politics. I also know that our budget is small, and our staff are stretched to their limits, but I am hopeful about collecting success stories,¬†details and information, and finding possibilities to making positive changes to our campus and to each student.

Thank you for reading!