Our first spotlight is on long-time attendee Karen Wolf, technology coordinator for University Life at George Mason University. Read on to hear more about Karen, why she comes to edUi each year, and how she uses the information in her job at GMU. If you see Karen at edUi 2017, stop and say hi!
Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m the Technology Coordinator for University Life at George Mason University. This is our student affairs division. We’re a two-person shop that attends to the technology needs of all the departments in our division. I primarily work on WordPress website development, but I’ve also done video editing and social media, and I’m moving into doing more database work. I also freelance on the side.
Why do you attend edUi?
How has edUi helped at your job?
The information I get at edUi is useful not just in my work, but throughout our division. I share my notes widely, and teach things I learn to others, especially about content and user experience. I think my favorite piece of advice that I’ve shared is, “Don’t guess – know,” to encourage people to make decisions based on analytics and user testing instead of opinions and personal theories.
Any tips for first-time attendees?
Keep an eye on the Twitter backchannel! There are so many great sessions, and you won’t be able to get to all of them. By watching the edUi hashtag (#edUiConf), you can get some of the highlights, and see what you want to go back and investigate once you’re back in your office.
People obviously love this conference, because there are many folks I see year after year. Once you’ve come to edUi, you’ll want to come back next year!