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8 Tools Everyone Who Works in Higher Education Should be Using

Posted by Paige Altieri on February 24, 2017

There are thousands of resources out there for people who work in higher education. We know it can be stressful to sort through and find what works best!

We went ahead and gathered a list of 8 tools that you should be using if you work in higher education. We have found that these tools help most when connecting with students, staff or alumni. Below, you'll also find great resources that will help you stay educated about what's happening in the world of higher ed. 


1. Common App: If your institution is not already using Common App, we highly recommend it! The Common App is a college admissions application that undergraduates may use to apply to 693 member colleges and universities. 

2. Twitter: Most likely your university/institution has a Twitter account, but it is also important to have a personal Twitter, too. Learn more about why having a Twitter is important in higher education. 

3. Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle of Higher Education is a great way to stay up to date with what is happening in the higher ed world. There are articles published every weekday so you are always getting new information and research.

4. TED-Ed: You are probably familiar with TED, a nonprofit that spreads ideas in the form of powerful talks. You may not know that Ted has its own education section, TED-Ed. TED-Ed celebrates and shares the ideas of teachers and students across the world. 

5. Podcasts: Podcasts are great for long commutes or while cooking dinner! These are some of our favorites: Josie and The Podcast, The Student Affairs Spectacular, Student Loan Show and Relearning Podcast.

6. LinkedIn: Chances are high that you already have LinkedIn, but do you use it? LinkedIn is a great way to connect and stay connected with students, staff and alumni. LinkedIn is also an awesome tool for advertising your university/institution. 

7. Skype: Skype is a great way to communicate with students who are unable to attend a class or a meeting, but still want to have that face to face interaction. 

8. Texting: We saved the best for last.Texting works! Students are constantly on their phones and this is the way that they want to be communicated. Still not sure texting is for you? Read the research! 

Let us know if there are other resources you've used in higher education that is not on this list! 

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About the author: Paige is the Marketing Associate at Signal Vine. Paige loves making lists and writing for the Signal Vine blog. Follow Paige on LinkedIn!

Topics: Higher Education, Tools