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Opportunities in EdTech // Tech in Higher Ed Classroom Edition

Ever wondered what life is like for the folks on the other side of the EdTech exchange? This week’s panelists are three professionals working on the vendor side of edtech. Join guests Kayley Robsham, Chris Trudell, and Dustin Ramsdell for their advice on exploring careers in educational technology, the challenges they faced shifting from student affairs to edtech,  and how to evaluate vendors. This episode is part of a classroom edition series to the podcast, featuring panels I moderated for my Florida State University graduate-level course, Technology in Higher Ed.
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Notes from this Episode

University of Rhode Island

Clemson University
Chico State
Clarity Money
American University Online MBA
University of Delaware
Heroes of the Storm
Guidebook Tours Feature
Lake Nona Impact Forum
Presence: Forms
Reuben Pressman (Presence CEO)
Ed Cabellon
iPhone 8
Ed Cabellon Technology Model
Vpat Accessibility Policy
Kayley’s Presence blog on Trello
Knack – peer to peer tutoring

More about the Panelists

Chris TrudellChris Trudell is a member of the Guidebook EDU team located in San Francisco. Prior to Guidebook, Chris was the former Associate Director of New Student and Family Programs at Clemson University. He has presented extensively with NODA, ACPA, and NASPA about issues relating to digital student experiences, digital campus climates, Web 3.0, Student Affairs relevancy to the rise of the digital era, and the specifically how technology impacts student transition, development, and sense of identity recognition. Chris has recently been elected as President-elect for the California College Personnel Association (CCPA).
@chris_trudell | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
Guidebook @guidebook

Kayley Robsham 

Kayley Robsham (she/her/hers) is a life coach, inclusive data advocate, and teacher of marketing to fellow entrepreneurs in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2015, she found herself as a new student affairs professional and decided to make the jump to edtech to impact the lives of thousands of SA pro’s and students. Currently, she’s the Community Engagement Manager at Presence (formerly Check I’m Here), changing student affairs workflows, streamlining assessment, and often found tweeting or writing their latest blog post.
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

Dustin RamsdellDustin Ramsdell (gender pronouns he/his) is a proud geek and higher education professional, blogger, and podcaster. He loves craft beer, good movies, and deep conversations. Dustin currently works as a Student Support Advisor at 2U, a higher education technology company, fulfilling his desire to help students succeed everyday.
@HigherEd_Geek (Instagram, LinkedIn)

About Josie and The Podcast

In each episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist – digital leadership author, researcher, and speaker – connects tech and leadership in education. This podcast will bring you leaders on-campus and online. From Senior Vice Presidents on Snapchat, YouTubers receiving billions of views and new media professionals. All through the lens of social media and leadership. Josie hopes you will not only learn from these digital leaders but also laugh as we all explore how to be our best selves online and off.

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