Conversation with Critical Friend -Ian Moore

Posted on October 17, 2011. Filed under: JISC Events and Meetings | Tags: |

After a week of internal review to understand the Alumni Link project better, the conversation with our critical friend – Ian Moore was very refreshing. It was a quick check of whether we are on the right track and are asking right questions. Re-iteration of the aims of the project has assured the achievability and measurement at the end of the project.

To start with, the University of Hertfordshire has 27 Linkedin Groups, all of which are not managed by staff members. However, the recent group setup in the last six months – University of Hertfordshire Business School Alumni Network has maximum members (595) and is growing. There is a challenge of ownership vs. moving content on these groups to make them a success.

A more detailed structure of development team assisting in the project will be explored over the coming week with the help of a few more internal conversations with Alumni Officer, Marketing Head, Careers and Guidance Officers and Linkedin Administrators

A few communication pieces for weekly interaction on Linkedin suggested by Ian were: Alumni Profile of the week, Careers, Events – online (quiz, surveys) and offline and latest developments by Schools. The important people in facilitating this communication were identified by Ian as the Careers and Placement Officers and Alumni Officers. As I was stuck with sustainability of this structure, the idea of Volunteer Moderators in the respective Linkedin Groups was introduced by Ian. The next challenge is identifying and working with site drivers and site champions!

Some interesting articles:

Alumni Futures White Paper

Alumni Futures Blog

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