Technology
058 Tips and Trends for Utilizing Membership Software
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Grapevine B/4-6
Kaila Lavin, California State University-Northridge
Every campus recreation program utilizes a system for managing their programs. But are you using your system to its full potential? Come learn about software trends as well as some tips for how you can make the most of your software system. Be sure to bring your ideas as well for a group discussion at the end.
Core Competencies: Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to identify ways in which to utilize their membership software/current resources to their fullest potential to better serve clientele from a business perspective.
  2. Participants will be able to identify ways in which to utilize their membership software/current resources to their fullest potential to better serve clientele from a business perspective.
Technology
074 Acquiring New Software Solutions in the Campus IT Eco-system
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Grapevine C
Tessa Michaels, Michaels & Associates
Many factors can contribute to the decision to select a new software system for your business. Whether the need is technology or business driven, the goal of the effort is always to select the best software for your organization. However, it’s not enough for the new system to only provide needed functionality and meet key customer requirements; it must also comply with campus infrastructure guidelines and meet established data/security policies. All these elements should be identified before selection, negotiation, and implementation. Learn how to approach new software selection and successfully sustain the cost/benefit objectives through implementation. Come explore the criteria for success as well as the common risks to consider when making a major investment in purchasing a new software system.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the basic steps in evaluating software functionality and suitability to meet business requirements and limitations.
  2. Itemize success criteria and risks to consider when purchasing a new software system.
  3. Describe common campus infrastructure guidelines and security policies to be aware of when selecting software.
Photo – Tessa Michaels
Technology
Collegiate Trends Research Roundtable: How Technology Is Being Used to Foster Student Wellbeing and Enhance the Value of Collegiate Recreation
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Grapevine D
NIRSA has been conducting research on how technology is being used to foster student wellbeing and enhance the value of collegiate recreation. Part of the NIRSA Collegiate Recreation Trends Research Project, powered by Precor, NIRSA closely examined how individual schools are utilizing technology in innovative ways to advance and support student success. This session will summarize the research results and foster a discussion on this emerging trend in collegiate recreation.
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Technology; Health/Wellbeing
089 Social Media, Mobile Technology, and Physical Activity Promotion
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
San Antonio 4-5
Christopher Nasti, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University; and Phil Marcinek, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University
Social media and mobile technology can be powerful tools in the promotion of physical activity and participant retention. But the vast array of new products and applications can be overwhelming. This presentation will explore how campus recreation professionals can use these technologies to efficiently and creatively enhance their programs and services without letting them take over their work day.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Programming; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn what emerging web and mobile applications exist to connect campus recreation professionals with their students and community participants.
  2. Learn how to merge social media with existing programming models to enhance student participation and engagement.
  3. Learn how to maximize efficiency when using social media.
Technology; Research/Assessment
103 How to Have Your Data and Eat It Too
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Grapevine C
Tessa Michaels, Michaels & Associates
Databases are about more than columns and rows. Whatever aspect of recreational sports you run, you need a way to house the information you are collecting to maximize its potential. This is often a large scale undertaking, and it comes with a number of confounding questions. What can you collect or keep? Who owns it? Where should you store the data? How do you manage it? Security today is more difficult to navigate and more expensive. The introduction of data collection and analytics into an organization may be a tipping point that leads to fully adopting modern security practices. It’s time to get started. The purpose of this session is to discuss the new world–the opportunities and the risks–and how to adapt practices to meet it. The session will focus on practical applications and discuss relevant technology terms–including data integrity, quality, integration, and security.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and be able to discuss data categories that require higher levels of security with an IT team.
  2. Understand the business owners roles and responsibilities regarding data and its stewardship.
  3. Learn how to evaluate the costs and benefits of different data management and storage options.
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Photo – Tessa Michaels
Technology
129 Technology Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
San Antonio 4-5
Todd Hammonds, University of California-Santa Cruz; Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University; Pamela Hightower, University of Florida; and Kaila Lavin, California State University-Northridge
This is your opportunity to share ideas with colleagues, discuss with current users how software can enhance the customer experience in campus recreation, and ask software vendors some of your questions.