Safety in Numbers: How to Make Your Residential Communities Thrive in Small Groups

Safety in Numbers: How to Make Your Residential Communities Thrive in Small Groups

It's 2020, and nothing is as it was a year ago. In years' past, college and university residential communities would have been teeming with packed lobbies, movie nights with dozens - or more - residents packed into community spaces within the residence hall. Today, these busy, large-scale campus events are memories of the not-so-distant past, replaced by, in the best cases, small group activities led by student residential leaders. While this shifting dynamic has been received by most students as temporary, leaving them eager and anxious to a return to the campus experience they once knew, there are some great…
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Beyond the Dashboard: How to Communicate COVID-19 Updates on Your Campus

Beyond the Dashboard: How to Communicate COVID-19 Updates on Your Campus

While campus contact tracing and COVID-19 dashboards have become the norm at many colleges and universities worldwide during the second half of 2020, there are still some innovative ways to communicating with students in an interactive and informational format. Many institutions have established blogs, updated case counts, and other timely COVID-19 updates on web-based dashboards, there are a few ways beyond the dashboard to reach students, maintain order, and calm nerves. Make 2-Way Communication Possible It's not a great leap to suggest that most people - students included - are completely overwhelmed by the amount of information related to the…
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Raftr Support: October 7 Update

Raftr Support: October 7 Update

Android: Rafts now show how many people are currently online Lots of fixes like: a new collapsed state for the prompts to create content adding access to the Notifications settings via the Profile settings enabling the "forever" mute option for rafts replacing the word "media" with photo/video videos on posts are now shown in their full aspect ratio link previews now have more info or are hidden when not enough info to show iOS: It's now possible to add a phone number to your profile for others to see there Rafts can now have a video as the cover image…
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5 Tips for a Successful Alumni Reunion App

5 Tips for a Successful Alumni Reunion App

Connecting alumni to engage with your college or university long after their last class on campus can be a challenge, and the alumni reunion or homecoming event can be the catalyst that brings alumni coming back again and again. That said, keeping up with alumni years after graduation can be a challenge, though advances in technology and development of an alumni reunion app have made great strides in reconnecting alumni. If your alumni relations team is considering introducing an alumni reunion app, read on for five tips for success: Distribute a Clear Calendar of Events Reunions and homecoming weekends can…
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Campus Safety: Contact Tracing That Actually Works

Campus Safety: Contact Tracing That Actually Works

As many colleges and universities prepared to bring students back to campus this fall, most prepared detail return to campus plans that include strategies like testing, isolation housing, virtual learning opportunities, and contact tracing. When followed as planned by students, these plans were designed to minimize community spread of COVID-19 in the otherwise socially driven culture of campus. What many institutions have found, though, is that students returning to campus are sporadically following, or in some cases, blatantly disregarding these well-laid plans. That's led to more than a few headline-capturing outbreaks as the start of the academic year kicks off.…
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Raftr Support: August 27 Update

Raftr Support: August 27 Update

Android: Polls can now have custom responses via an "other" option, if the creator enables that; and it's now possible to view responses on a poll before voting if you (or your alias, for ProUsers) created the poll Introduced a contact tracing solution, for communities who enable it Some fixes like chat notifications opening directly the the chat message and some error message text updated to be more clear iOS: Polls can now have custom responses via an "other" option, if the creator enables that; and it's now possible to view responses on a poll before voting if you (or…
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Raftr Support: June 16 Update

Android: Added "tasks" to List posts, which can be used for interactive checklists Introduced the option to filter Event and Post feeds by location Added calendar to raft's Events feeds Added options in onboarding and edit-profile screen for people to add their location, which will help the app default some views to content in the most relevant location Some fixes like content shared opening directly via share links and the Interested button working consistently for Event creators Also included: Alumni, Member, and Parent personas available in account creation and with contextual onboarding iOS: Added "tasks" to list posts, which can…
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Raftr Support: May 19 Update

Android: Enabled opening URL's in bio's on people's profiles List posts can now include Raftr users, which means there will be shortcuts to DM those people and view their profiles Explore can now have location-based sections, which people can manage to see for the location most relevant for them All post types (Events, Lists, Polls, regular Posts, and Reposts) can now have Titles and Descriptions Some fixes like hiding empty sections on Explore and videos in chat playing on some devices they temporarily couldn't iOS: Enabled opening URL's in bio's on people's profiles List posts can now include Raftr users,…
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Raftr Support: May 5 Product Update

Android: Added a "raft" option to the + create button in the navigation bar, to enable raft creation, with raft management available to its admin via the gear icon on the top right of rafts' front pages Added an option to settings on Profile to choose timestamp format Some fixes like some cosmetic issues with recurring events   iOS: Introduced the option to filter Event and Post feeds by location Raft admin can now add a location for their rafts, so that filtering Posts feeds by location uses the raft's when set Added an option for new users to validate…
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