At the October 23 Student Affairs Staff Forum, Vice Provost Greg Boardman announced an exciting new communication initiative. Student Affairs Matters is a quarterly publication featuring stories about staff, students, programs, and offices and the division’s collaborative work at the university. Each issue will include a variety of articles reflecting the broad impact that student affairs has across the university community.
According to Boardman, he was pleased to support this initiative because it fits with the division’s goal of encouraging innovation and pursuing creative solutions. As he said, “One of the ways we seek to innovate is through the use of technology, which is now ever-present in our lives. Student Affairs Matters gives us a visually rich vehicle to showcase what is happening in the student affairs community at Stanford.”
Using the latest in online technology via a tool called Roambi Flow™, Student Affairs Matters is a flip-style magazine with special features enabling the reader to interact with visual elements in each story. By touching the screen and swiping the pages the reader can browse through six articles in the Autumn quarter publication. “Tap me” icons are inserted strategically in the magazine’s margins, making it possible to play videos or trigger displays that present illustrative data in varying formats.
Since Roambi Flow™ is still in its early stages, Student Affairs Matters is currently only available on the iPad, but other platforms and internet availability are being developed for future release. Curious Student Affairs staff without iPads can see a PDF version of the magazine by visiting the staff intranet site; however, the interactive, touch-style element is missing.
Thanks to an enterprise-wide license which was arranged by Administrative Systems and Student Affairs, Roambi Flow™ can be used by any member of the Stanford community at no cost. Boardman is proud to say that the Student Affairs division is the first on campus to take advantage of this powerful technology.
Follow these instructions to download Student Affairs Matters, Autumn 2012, to your iPad.
NOTE: all of these steps must be done entirely on your iPad!