It Takes A Campus To Raise A (Web Professionals) Community

MPD3 Management and Professional Development

Location: 102C, Wisconsin Center

MONDAY, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Every year, you look forward to the big HighEdWeb conference. You count down the days until October and then, high on that wonderful feeling of community, networking, and professional development, you return to your campus, ready to kick-start all of your new ideas. But the fun doesn’t have to stop just because you left Milwaukee. Conferences are a wonderful outlet for igniting your creative and collaborative juices, but you don’t have to be limited by your budget, and one or two annual trips, to engage with -- and find inspiration from -- your peers. You can have your own mini-conference every month by starting your own web professionals community right on your own campus. In this presentation, Rachel Carden will share how she started a web professionals community at The University of Alabama that went from a ten-member group that met every couple months at the campus coffee shop to a seventy-plus member community that meets every month to hear from presenters and discuss topics ranging from social media to crisis communication. All with no budget. This year her community, WebTide, also hosted and organized the HighEdWeb Alabama regional conference. Rachel will share what she did right, what she did wrong, and what she learned along the way, as well as tips and resources to start your own community and to help it flourish.

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Rachel Carden
Web Developer, The University of Alabama

Rachel Carden is a web developer for The University of Alabama, with more than ten years experience in digital design, back- and front-end web development, content strategy, and social media management. She has spent the last eight years working in higher education. When she’s not helping build the world of higher ed web, Rachel encourages openness, collaboration, and professional development as a public speaker and organizer of several web professional communities. Rachel is also a fitness junkie who loves to tweet, travel, and binge-watch old TV shows on Netflix.