101 Ways to Cafe: Writing Center Edition

  101 Ways To Cafe: Writing Center Edition As a continuation of the 101 Ways to Cafe blog series (see Part 1: 15 ways to use Solo Recordings), we bring you 16 ways your Writing Center (or Writing Lab) can use Cranium Cafe. 16. Instant virtual writing consultations 17. Each consultant can set their own “Cafe Hours” (during which students can schedule appointments) 18. Each consultant can include areas of ... Read more

Student Services Superstar: Barbara Dalene

Student Services Superstar Spotlight: Barbara Dalene (AKA Big Bad Barb1) Title: Music Advisor School: Snow College Quote from a fan: “Barb has a great sense of humor and she’s so willing to do whatever is needed. I’m so proud of her!” —Susan Larsen, Director of the Student Success Center Before jumping into her profile & interview, it must be said that Barb has a very special place in our hearts here at Cranium ... Read more

101 Ways To Cafe: Part 1

  101 Ways To Cafe: Part 1 15 ways to use Solo Recordings Instructor — explain the syllabus once & post recording for a class Instructor — explain an assignment once and post recording for a class Instructor/TA — using Share Screen, post how-to videos by recording a series of steps in programs like Excel or SPSS Admissions, Registrar, IT Support, Advisor, Alumni Relations, Librarian, etc. — post recorded steps ... Read more

Westminster College Selects Cranium Cafe, Launching Virtual Advising and Admissions

Westminster College Selects Cranium Cafe for Virtual Video Advising Salt Lake City, July 17, 2014 — Cranium Cafe today announced that Westminster College — a school lauded by the Princeton Review for its quality of life, green efforts, and academics — has chosen to use Cranium Cafe’s video meeting & collaboration software. “The implementation of Cranium Cafe reflects Westminster’s ongoing commitment to building relationships,” said ... Read more

Student Optimism & Dream Crushing

  “I love being around students. They’re so optimistic. They haven’t gone out into the world and had their dreams crushed yet.” I was a student when I heard these words, and it was an alumnus from my alma mater speaking to me. When he said it, I balked. I was four months from graduating at the time and completely primed to fixate on the “dreams ... Read more

What I Learned from Academic Advisors

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   I learned a lot during the two-day Utah Advising Association Conference. I learned that “good” students struggle too. I learned that students frequently turn down help, even when they’re academically drowning. I learned that students are more likely to trust someone who is smiling (it has to be a real smile though — a “Duchenne” smile). I also learned that academic advisors ... Read more
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