Higher Ed Experts

Higher Ed Experts is a professional development & social networking site aimed at higher ed professionals working in Web, marketing, PR and admissions. It's headed by Karine Joly who I have referenced before here for her excellent blog collegewebeditor.com. (She also writes for University Business magazine on Internet technologies.)

As Karine says: You can register to become a member (membership is free yet loaded with benefits). You can enroll to attend one or more webinar series or apply to become a webinar speaker or even post job ads for your institution for free.

Higher Ed Experts (HEE) has a one hour webinar coming up as part of "Crisis Communication 2.0 Week" featuring Mike Dame, director of Web communications at Virginia Tech who will share his experience and lessons learned during the tragedy last month in Blacksburg. My son attended VT during that tragic event, so that caught my eye. It's part of a 3-webinar series that is priced at $250 including $100 that will be donated by Higher Ed Experts, in the name of the higher ed community, to the Memorial Fund at Virginia Tech. The June 26, 27 & 28 series also features Joe Hice, AVP at the University of Florida and Andrew Careaga, director of communications at UMR. That's another reason why I'd like to get as many attendees as possible. So, I thought I would give you an extra incentive to share the news with people that might be interested.

There is also a free inaugural webinar (for the first 300 HEE registrants - still open as of this writing) on "How to go viral with your videos on YouTube: What makes a YouTube success? Is it within your institution's reach?" That's on June 14 and features 2 presenters: James Todd, writer and producer for the Office of News and Communication at Duke University, who is responsible for his institution's online videos available on YouTube and other video sharing websites and Dr. Michael Wesch, Kansas State University Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology. He's the author of the most viewed (2 million+ views) higher ed YouTube video, "Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us" which I blogged about earlier and have included in my own YouTube playlist for visual design course. (Yes, you can find educational video content in YouTube, but the instructor will probably need to be the compiler - at least at first.)