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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Amma Marfo and Paul Osincup

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Amma Marfo and Paul Osincup

It's that time: We're ready to begin revealing some of the exciting details and speakers behind the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience, coming June 16. This one-day digital experience for higher education professionals is unraveling the traditional “digital conference” format into a new type of “unconference” designed around personal wellness, stress-relief, and, finally, YOU! When staff are better grounded, less frazzled, and better equipped to manage stress, colleges & universities (and their students) all win! Raftr is delighted to announce that the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience will be hosted by Amma Marfo, a higher education professional, writer and editor…
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Announcing the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience for Higher Education Professionals

Announcing the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience for Higher Education Professionals

Digital higher education communication platform Raftr will present the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience on June 16, 2021. This one-day online event, designed to promote mental, physical and financial well-being specifically for professionals working in higher education, will feature live sessions by internationally renowned speakers with a focus on staff self-care to promote heightened morale on college and university campuses worldwide.  The Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience will offer a combination of internationally-known speakers, interactive workshops, purposeful breaks,  giveaways, and fun in a 1-day virtual experience unlike anything else in higher education. Connect with other higher ed professionals and learn…
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10 Event Ideas College Students Will Actually Attend

10 Event Ideas College Students Will Actually Attend

Planning and hosting campus events for college students can be difficult to implement, and even more challenging to track and measure success. There are a number of factors to consider, like student engagement, budgets, novelty, and the "cool" factor, just to name a few. But when you successfully put together a program that has a good turn-out and gets students excited, there’s no more gratifying feeling. So to help you achieve that success on campus, here are 10 college event planning ideas that will get so much interest, you’ll need a waiting list. Puppy Play Parties What has become a…
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The Higher Ed Professional’s Guide to Reducing Zoom Fatigue

The Higher Ed Professional’s Guide to Reducing Zoom Fatigue

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of higher education beyond recognition over the past year. Once-buzzing seminar rooms lie empty, while students spend most of their days learning via Zoom or other video technologies. For many higher ed professionals, the ability to deliver information and student programming while surrounded by home comforts represented a luxuriant novelty during the early days of the pandemic. If you’ve come to dread a long day of Zoom-based classes and departmental meetings, however, you’re not alone. The exhausted feeling that creeps up on you during virtual meetings is now popularly referred to as ‘Zoom…
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Raftr Support: March 23 Update

Raftr Support: March 23 Update

Admin Portal: Introduced Branding page to manage community name and logo Introduced feature to support setting the default notifications digest frequency for new accounts Some fixes like better loading states Android: Expanded support for multi-community membership Updated main header navigation Updated chat to have two separate feeds: Personal Chat and Channels Introduced initial support for customized colors throughout the app (for cobranded communities; this will continue to be expanded through Q2) Some fixes like preventing a crash related to the Events feed and supporting tagging more than one person in the same content iOS: Expanded support for multi-community membership Updated…
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Raftr Support: March 2 Update

Raftr Support: March 2 Update

All Platforms: Attach files to DM Updated map view on Events feed to be zoomed out by default (and thus show more Events' pins) Continued API maintenance and housekeeping updates to improve performance Android: Introduced initial support for multi-community membership Enabled tagging users on Posts Some fixes like: Refreshing UI for message when opening a channel or raft's share link Introducing visual indicators to members of secret rafts when seeing the rafts on Explore or in Search – to confirm the rafts are secret and only visible there to members Adding Pro check on ProUsers when creating Posts Enabling un-restricting…
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Do’s and Don’ts of Connecting with Students Virtually

Do’s and Don’ts of Connecting with Students Virtually

As the country continues to grapple with the pandemic, education has had to shift to online learning. Since school closures at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, school-sponsored distance learning rose from 65% in March to 83% in April, and this figure is set to continue on an upward trend as the current academic year unfolds. Millions of students needed to adjust instantly to the new realities of distance learning. In one survey, teachers reported that only 60% of their students were regularly engaging in distance learning. They further claim that engagement continued declining through the rest of the…
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Raftr Support: February 10 Update

Raftr Support: February 10 Update

All Platforms: Introduced Shortcuts feature – exclusively available on Explore *In beta now Introduced Incognito (aka: anonymous) chat, which can be enabled by Channel Leaders on ProRafts *In beta now Updated Posts to support attaching multiple images It is now possible to cross-post all Post types Android: Enabled cross-posting Events on up to 50 rafts Added new "more" button on Post composers Some fixes like: Explore and the raft-level Events and Posts feeds now retain your place when you leave and return via the back button Rafts on Explore indicate "requested" membership state, when relevant iOS: Introduced "seen by" feature…
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Raftr Support: January 19 Update

Raftr Support: January 19 Update

Android: Introduced "seen by" feature for chat messages (available in the "more" menu via swiping/long press) App-level feeds now have a carousel of rafts that the content can be coming from Lots of fixes including: App-level Events and Posts feeds now retain your place when you leave and return via the back button (note: returning via the Events or Posts button will refresh the feed) Added topic filtering to map views Continued navigation improvements on rafts Refreshed UI on raft home page Pre-joined rafts included in the rafts list in onboarding iOS: Lots of fixes, including: Posts feeds now retains…
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Raftr Support: December 28 Update

Raftr Support: December 28 Update

Android: Some fixes like fixing the time/date filter for Events and re-adding the topics filter on the Events feeds iOS: Some fixes like: Navigation improvements on rafts Topic filtering on map view Notifications to raft and channel admin about join requests and member suggestions now open the requests screen directly Introduced a character limit for chat messages Web: It's now possible to schedule Posts, separately from Announcements Some fixes like: Updating sidebar for isolated Posts view Updating the time/date filter for Events to be consistent in all views Updating filter and sort buttons on raft-level feeds to be consistent with…
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