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Raftr Support: What’s a Raft?

Raftr Support: What’s a Raft?

A raft is a community formed around something you care about. Rafts are places where members can see what events are happening when, find out what others are talking about, connect with people with similar interests, and join in on interesting conversations. There are two types of rafts on Raftr and several different privacy settings for member management and content accessibility. The first type of raft is those that are curated by our team or the colleges we partner with (official) and the second type is those that people in the app create and curate (user-curated). Official rafts are denoted…
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Raftr Support: Creating Your Account

Raftr Support: Creating Your Account

To create an account on Raftr, we use your verified .edu email address (and a password) to keep the experience safe and the discussions as authentic as possible. Raftr’s vision is to be the most student-centric social platform on campuses, where students feel a sense of belonging: welcomed, well informed, and connected. Using your verified, .edu email address works well to ensure authenticity, and avoids the commonplace problem of some people setting up multiple accounts, under different pseudonyms, that may be used for spam or harassment.
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Raftr Support: What Is Raftr?

Raftr Support: What Is Raftr?

With Raftr, you can discover events happening on campus, find student groups that share similar interests, and make sure that you're the first to know when there's free food to be found on campus. If it's happening on campus, it's on Raftr. And if you're on Raftr, you'll be there. Our mascot is a sea otter. We chose the otter because sea otters are very social animals that often eat and rest together while floating in connected groups. A group of otters linked together like this is called a “raft”. Rafts can include hundreds of otters connected with one another…
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Top 10 Free Apps for College Students

Top 10 Free Apps for College Students

StudyBlue College students can save time, money, and paper (go green!) by creating decks of digital flashcards with StudyBlue. The app provides a familiar card flip movement while going through the deck, with added features that can help students track progress, discover which information they are struggling to retain, and the ability to share decks of cards with classmates. Evernote Evernote is the best way for college students to keep their notes organized and up to date. Users can create individual digital notebooks for every course, mark tabs, add photos, set reminders and more. To add the cherry on top,…
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Raftr Support: May 14 Product Updates

Raftr Support: May 14 Product Updates

Android: Updated screens for creating and editing events and posts Some fixes like a crash when opening lists on Explore and notifications opening properly iOS: Added topics for events and posts Some fixes like showing notes for pinned posts on rafts’ Front Pages and chat threads updating when messages are edited Web: Update sidebars on app-level Posts feed Some fixes like adding a popup explaining why you can’t create content in View-Only Mode and ensuring all events can load on app and raft level feeds
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Top Apps to Check Daily, As Told By the Raftr Team

Top Apps to Check Daily, As Told By the Raftr Team

Whether for fun or for functionality, most of use some of the apps on our devices on a daily basis. Some apps help you get work done, while others provide a lovely brain break from that work. Whatever their purpose, we asked members of the Raftr team to share their favorite apps to check daily. Here’s what they said: NYTimes Crossword I like doing the mini crossword, it's a nice quick way to engage my brain doing something different. Pulse Messaging Excellent 3rd party messaging client for Android, has great good widget support and good "Quick Share" functionality for sharing…
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5 Tips for Using Technology to Improve Campus Life

5 Tips for Using Technology to Improve Campus Life

College students are digital natives that live and breathe technology. According to IBM, over 65% of Generation Z claims to frequently use more than one device at a time. With hectic schedules, demanding classes, part-time jobs, and ever-evolving technology, today’s students are constantly looking for ways to connect with others and manage their lives. Here are five tips for using technology to connect students to your campus life. Introduce them to your campus - before they arrive Every university across the world has a unique campus life and culture, and every potential student is looking for something different from their…
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Raftr Support: April 30 Product Updates

Raftr Support: April 30 Product Updates

Raftr publishes app and web updates every two weeks, adding new features, improving existing functions, and providing housekeeping and bug fixes as they arise. Here's the latest summary of updates from this week's new platform updates: Android: Added recent and suggested sections in Search Some fixes, like improving speed in onboarding and enabling shared raft URL’s to open the app properly iOS: Continued refreshing rafts with updates to: - Private rafts’ front page - All rafts’ info page - Update pinned section on all rafts’ front page Fixes including adding messages when attempting to interact with content on rafts you’re…
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Careers in Student Engagement: Expectations vs. Reality

Careers in Student Engagement: Expectations vs. Reality

It’s easy to see why people are drawn to careers in student affairs: working on a college campus, interacting daily with students on ways to improve campus life, and assurances that no two days will ever really be the same. That said, there are some challenges that come with the territory, and sometimes the realities of careers in student engagement can differ from the expectations. Career Positions in Student Affairs So what do student affairs professionals do? These positions typically cover a broad spectrum of roles, from student life and student activities to campus recreation and residence life. Many colleges…
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Raftr Support: April 16 Product Updates

Android: Added “top” search results - which aggregates search results across all types of content (people, rafts, tags) Some fixes like saving “interest” in events from rafts’ front pages and showing time selection as AM/PM iOS: Updated messaging designs Added cross-post info to events Some fixes like being able to pin events on rafts and raft admin managing raft members Web: Updated “isolated” full view for posts (when opened via share links or from other views like notifications) Some fixes, mainly to navigation throughout the app (ie: tapping raft name on event or post opening that raft)
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