The Career Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting a Webinar

This week I (Melissa) had the privilege of not only attending NCDA’s Career Practitioner Institute in Charleston, SC, but also presenting. When I was approached about developing a session related to technology, I quickly identified this topic – it’s one I field questions about fairly frequently.

Are you interested in presenting a webinar? This presentation offers an overview to get you started. Two tools are outlined, as well as a checklist to make sure you cover key tasks before, during, and after your live session.

Thanks to all who attended in person for sharing their questions, stories, and feedback! Please continue the conversation in the comments area of this post. What are your questions about webinar delivery? What are your tips for those just getting started?

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Happy 2018!!!

New Year’s Day is here, as is the annual setting of goals. It’s no different for the tech twins. As we are getting ready for classes to commence, how to integrate Snapchat into our teaching is fresh on our minds, as is the determination to make this go round better than the last. One lesson learned was that it’s probably best to dive into the tool first before just launching into it – but let’s be honest, if I (Deb) were to wait until I felt completely comfortable about using a tool, I’d probably never use it! That being said, the first resolution I have is to go on Snapchat every day and spend 5 minutes looking at the stories. I’ve been doing that for about a week now, and already learned a lot and come up with some new ideas to try:

  • Who would you seek out advice on…? (this semester the course is consultation)
  • Top tens. Ten proofs that ____ works. Or, ten of the best….
  • If you do these 5 things, you’re probably not cut out to be a … (consultant, career counselor, etc.).
  • Trends in ____ (career counseling, salaries for different groups, consultation)
  • Top ten emerging jobs.
  • This top consultant did WHAT!?! (think clip bait).

My second resolution was to start following people.

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I did a search on who to follow, and started adding people. I added all the folks from this article today. My favorite so far has been NASA. I wasn’t sure what “following” them meant, but found out if I went to stories, if they posted, I would see it – and I’ve learned some neat ideas (not sure how they do it but am sure I can figure it out), such as:

  • Link to a website. “Swipe up to learn…” and I can link to an article, or a blog, or a video.
  • Take a poll and share the results immediately.
  • Give 5 reasons why they should/shouldn’t do X.

So far, so good on the two goals. I’ve also started posting daily -might as well – I’m there already, right? It’s a week before class starts, so I decided to pull up the syllabus to see what topics I’m covering and to start thinking about how I might enhance the information with Snapchat. I’ve found the syllabus to be a bit too vague (e.g., consultation steps or consult variables), so I may have to dive into the lectures to see if any key points yield more creative options. Would love to hear from those of you who incorporate Snapchat into your teaching. What are you doing? What has worked well?

 

Explore 200 Top Tech Tools

If you aren’t already aware of the “Top Tools for Learning” project from Jane Hart at the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, this post is for you!

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This year’s list includes the top 200 tools for learning this year, as reported by 2,174 learning professionals from 52 countries. This is the 11th year of the study, which tracks the movement of popular tools, such as YouTube and Dropbox, up and down the list.

What can you do with this list as a career practitioner?

  • Search the top 100 tools for workplace learning to find out what your students and clients may be using in their current or future employment settings.
  • Search the top 100 tools for personal and professional learning for ideas to inspire your own professional development or professional development opportunities you would like to offer your students and clients.
  • Search the 200 tools by category to find possible solutions for problems you are trying to solve, (e.g., forms and survey tools, web and video meeting tools, mind mapping tools, screencapture tools, online course platforms, and many more).

Also … new on the list this year – more than 50 tools that haven’t appeared before. Typeform for surveys and forms, Microsoft Teams for collaboration, and ActEXS a productivity app are just a few of these to explore.

Which tech tools are you currently using in your career office or practice? How do they compare to those in this study? Share your favorites!

Snapchat and Irma in Teaching Career Development

Hurricane Irma presented a unique challenge and opportunity last week for this Snapchat experiment. True to my 3x a week commitment, when Friday came, I decided to post this:

Immediately, I got responses back from most of my student followers, of their pets! Once I had heard from them, I decided to send this:

On Monday, I heard from the students that I was the only professor they had heard from during the hurricane. I was reminded how this tool can be used to connect in a caring way with students, and how that connection can make such a difference for them (and for me). I’m also challenged to think about how to balance the academic purpose of the tool (Book quotes are coming up!) and the personal connection. Curious as to how others manage that.

Adding Infographics to Your Online Career Resources

We were thrilled to present at this year’s National Career Development Association (NCDA) conference. As promised, our full slide presentation is now available below.

Learn how to make engaging and informative graphics for your websites, workshops, and online resource pages! Free web-based tools make it easy to create professional products with no previous design experience. This session explores the options, shares good and bad examples, and provides a walk through of infographic creation using Piktochart.

Thanks to all who attended the event for their feedback, participation, and ideas!