The #SAcdn hashtag has been embraced by student affairs (SA), student services, and professionals who support students in Canadian higher education. The goal (and tagline) for the #SAcdn community is “connecting our country,” specifically to share what the world of SA and higher ed is like in my home and native land.
The#SAcdn Chat is a type of “digital water cooler” conversation that I am personally a fan of for my own personal and professional learning network on Twitter. As an ex-pat Canadian working in US higher ed, the #SAcdn hashtag helps keep me in the loop and I have enjoyed listening/learning from the #SAcdn twitter chat archives as the conversation offers insights into issues into Canadian post-secondary education, offers support for staff/professionals, and expands my point of view to how I’m thinking about learning and campus life. As of August 2016, the #SAcdn community began hosting a monthly 60-minute chat (now the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12-1 pm CT) on Twitter with higher ed professionals to gather to discuss Canadian issues, ideas, and experiences in context to the Canadian higher ed. Are you a professional, practitioner, and/or academic in Canada higher education who wants to engage with peers and the conversation on Twitter? Join in! p.s. Friends & colleagues outside Canada are also welcome to join in as well!
HOW TO: Participate in the #SAcdn Chat
Here’s a quick overview of how to participate in #SAcdn Twitter Chat:
- Set up your Twitter Account (HOW TO: Set Up The Twitters).
- Follow the in #SAcdn hashtag on Twitter for the latest tweets.
- Follow @LauraPasquini who will moderate the Q & A for the Twitter Chat THIS MONTH ONLY. You should also follow @CACUSStweets, who will typically host the#SAcdn. chat each month.
- Get ready and excited for Tuesday’s (6/13) chat by checking out what’s being shared and discussed on the #SAcdn hashtag NOW! BONUS: You might learn what’s happening & being shared on the backchannel at the #CACUSS17 conference. 🙂
- JOIN US Tuesday, June 13th from 10-11 am PT/12-1 pm CT/2 pm AT as I am fortunate enough to be hosting the LIVE, synchronous #SAcdn Twitter conversation on Twitter during the CACUSS 2017 Conference (Learn more about the professional association, here: About CACUSS). We will “talk” about TOPIC: Show & Tell: What Does #SAcdn Mean to You? [Meta chat: Talking about this Twitter Chat & being part of the #SAcdn Community]
Be sure to contribute to the LIVE #SAcdn Twitter Chat by:
- Logging into your Twitter account as the#SAcdn chat will happen ON THE TWITTER platform.
- Follow along in real time during the #SAcdn Twitter chat by following along on the Twitter hashtag: #SAcdn or this Tweet Chat Room: http://tweetchat.com/room/SAcdn
- The MOD (moderator) @LauraPasquini will ask 4-6 questions during the 60-minute chat; please respond with the Q# in your update, e.g. “Q1: Your Answer”
- Invite your higher education faculty/staff peers to join the conversation – all our welcome to join!
- Include the#SAcdn hashtag in your tweets and responses (“@”) to others.
To help you prepare, here are a few of the #SAcdn chat questions to ponder IN ADVANCE of our conversation:
- What brought you to Twitter and/or to the #SAcdn Twitter chat? Why do you TWEET?
- MOD: Q2: What tips or suggestions do you have for newbies to Twitter or a Twitter Chat to help them follow/contribute to the
- What have you learned from either participating in a #SAcdn Chat, reading the #SAcdn hashtag, or following #highered folks on Twitter?
- What TOPICS would YOU like to see added to the #SAcdn conversations? What is relevant for your work in Canadian #highered? #cdnpse
- What barriers or challenges might there be for you or others to participate in the monthly #SAcdn chat?
- What impact has the #SAcdn Chat community had on your professional development and practice in higher ed?
UPDATE June 13, 2017: Tweets archived from the Twitter Chat via Storify
2 thoughts on “Q: What is #SAcdn Chat? A: A conversation across Canada with #HigherEd colleagues.”
Great stuff! I’ve hosted a couple tweet chats – it’s a great chance to do some professional development and networking (without too much cost!)
If you’d like something around universal design or inclusion/accessibility, or disclosure, or maybe belonging (all in relation to students and/or staff) let me know 😉
Thanks for the kind words, Laura! I have been fortunate to host a few Twitter chats & cultivate a few communities related to the chats — it’s a fantastic way to have some on-demand P.D., INDEED! I think your topics for universal design, inclusion and accessibility would be a would be a great topic. So would creating a sense of a belonging or teaming in the organisation. I will pass both ideas along to the @CACUSStweets organisation and the #SAcdn community. Thanks!