Because curricula are educational plans, they should be subject to the same peer-review processes as their course-credit-bearing equivalents. The idea of peer-review is borrowed from scholarly circles, whereby communities of scholars engage in self governance and ensure quality and standards are adhered to. The same holds true of a residential curriculum review process. With a... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #8: Key Stakeholders are Identified and Involved
Part of developing a curriculum is the realization that educational opportunities need not originate within a residence life program in order to be valuable for residents. If there are experts in a given area on campus, and they already provide educational opportunities and services, why not figure out a way to package, market, and provide... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #7: Learning is Scaffolded and Sequenced To Follow Time-Based Development
Learning does not take place in a vacuum. It takes place in time and space. A well-designed curriculum recognizes that learning is most often a cumulative process. Individuals learn and grow over time. Sometimes they regress and sometimes they make large leaps forward, but the broad arc of learning is progressive over time. To this... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #6: Student Staff Are Utilized in Roles Appropriate To Their Skill Development
In residence life and education, student staff members are some of our most important partners in the educational process. They are our front-line on-the-ground staff and are integral to promoting student learning. As peers, student staff members are often best positioned to help their fellow students in ways that professional staff members can't. There are also some roles,... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #5: Educational Strategies Go Beyond Programmed Events
We're all familiar with the premise that food is a necessary component of any educational endeavor in the residence halls. Attract residents with pizza and then ambush them with educational content. Although there is nothing wrong with incentivizing participation in an educational activity, the premises behind this mindset are problematic. This approach assumes that the problem with an educational program... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #4: Educational Strategies are Developed to Advance Learning Outcomes
A well known approach to education in the residence halls is the programming model. Typically, a programming model will involve a menu of different categories that structure and guide programmatic efforts. These categories may be based on a wellness wheel, or they may include broader categories such as "social," "multicultural," or "educational" programming. To fulfill a programming model's requirements, a student staff member... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #3: Basis in Developmental Theory and Research
Student affairs professionals are educators. College student educators. Although we may not always believe we are, or maybe we are not always perceived to be, we are educators. Education and development is at the core of what we do and what we are trained in. To this end, curriculums should be based in the latest... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #2: Learning Goals and Outcomes Developed and Based in a Defined Educational Priority
One of the important first steps in developing a curriculum is setting and defining an overall educational priority. An educational priority is the basis upon which all other goals and outcomes are derived. Based in the mission, context, and values of your institution, a priority should provide a broad statement about what learning will be occurring within... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #1: Directly Connects to the Institutional Mission
Curriculums do not exist in a vacuum. They exist on college campuses which have unique histories, traditions, contexts, cultures, and demographics. To this end, a well developed residential curriculum should be built not only off of peer-reviewed research and national and international standards, but also on the unique aspects of an institution. Many institutions starting a... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Ellen Hughey
Ellen Hughey Current Position and Institution: Assistant Director, University of Central Florida First Position and Institution: Resident Director, Lee University If you told me in my first year of full-time work in higher education just how important my co-workers would be throughout my life and in my future, I am not sure that I would have believed the... Continue Reading →
Presenting at The Fraternity and Sorority Life Summit of the Carolinas Today…
This week has me presenting to members of the Greek Life leadership community at Winthrop University in North Carolina. I am grateful to Pi Kappa Phi and AFA for having me. The Greek community has a unique history and set of needs when it comes to social media. It seems not a week goes by... Continue Reading →
Presenting at Western Illinois University Today…
It's GREAT to be back in Macomb! Western Illinois University is my master's degree alma mater and it holds a special place in my heart. Whenever you return or interact with the student affairs staff at Western, you feel welcome and right at home. During this return visit, I'm lucky enough to be presenting on... Continue Reading →
Presenting at the OrgSync #ConnectDallas Conference Today…
This month brings me to a number of locations, but I am super excited to be heading to Dallas to be spending time with the amazing team at Campus Labs and OrgSync to present at their users conference about my research and my work with social technology. Platforms such as those provided by these... Continue Reading →
Why I’m Taking A Break From Blogging For The Summer…
So, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the summer. Many of you that follow my blog know that I've been a fairly prolific blogger these past two years. I've managed to keep an aggressive pace, posting multiple times per week (229 times in 2015 and 67 so far in 2016). But the time has come... Continue Reading →
Relaunching SATechResources and (Higher)EdTechResources dot com…
In doing my research I often come across great tutorials on social and digital technology as well as excellent examples of their use in higher education. Rather than keep them to myself, I decided to post them publicly to help others "get up to speed" on these tools and their uses. I've been doing this for... Continue Reading →
PRESENTATION VIDEO: What’s Going On “Behind the Screen” With College Students?
I had the honor of presenting, not once, but twice at the Online Learning Consortium's Innovate Conference (co-hosted with Merlot) in New Orleans this year. The following are two videos from my presentations there. The first, immediately below, was a lightning-style talk. This presentation consisted of 20 slides, each set to advance automatically every 18 seconds,... Continue Reading →
HigherEdTech and Innovation Conferences in One Handy Infographic
All the higher ed tech and innovation conferences in one easy to consume infographic! The folks over at EdSurge made this AMAZING design that outlines some of the key conferences on tech and related innovations in the higher ed space. While this previously existed for our K-12 colleagues, EdSurge has performed this excellent service for those... Continue Reading →
Where do dissertations go when they die?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqrCoyVK80I It's done. Congratulations! That dissertation you've stressed over for months... that you've labored over for years... It's finally complete. You've uploaded it to a database, or submitted it to the library, and there it sits. New knowledge. Waiting for discovery. Put on that fancy new robe and stride across the stage. After you pick... Continue Reading →
100 College Students… Represented Visually… And They’re Not What You Might Expect
Turn on the TV or watch a movie and you may think that a majority of college students are 18-24 years old, attend a four-year institution full-time, live in an on campus residence hall, and attend class in a physical classroom. Those of us that work in higher education, however, know that although this is... Continue Reading →
Presenting at the #OLCinnovate Conference Today…
I'm in New Orleans this week to present at the 2016 edition of the Innovations in Blended and Online Learning joint conference presented by OLC and MERLOT. Known as OLC Innovate for short, this conference brings together some of the best minds in online and blended learning. Both sponsoring organizations are leading the field and I'm proud... Continue Reading →
The Time I Interviewed For A Job At JetBlue
So it happened. A little over a year ago. I had a couple of on-site interviews for a job at JetBlue. Given my intense love of JetBlue and my well known relationship with the airline as a customer, I decided against sharing it widely at the time, but it was a learning experience and one that... Continue Reading →
DOWNLOAD MY DISSERTATION: College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self
I am happy to finally make my entire final dissertation available for all to download and read. This document represents some of the first qualitative research into how traditionally aged college students use social media and its impact on their development and how they construct identities online. If you want a more detailed description, I've included the... Continue Reading →
My Guest Appearance on the #JPspeaks Podcast: Tech, Competencies, and Inclusion
I was SO pleased to have been the inaugural guest on the first episode of Jamie Piperato's #JPSPEAKS: Social Justice & Inclusion Podcast for Higher Education Professionals. Jamie and I had a great conversation about the new ACPA/NASPA Technology Competency for student affairs educators and some of the implications it has for issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Jamie... Continue Reading →
Creating Digital College Student Citizens Versus Leaders
I recently came across this graphic posted on TeachThought which comes from the minds of Sylvia Duckworth and Jennifer Casa-Todd (blog). The graphic highlights the distinction between two concepts: Digital Citizenship: Being a good neighbor and responsible ethical partner on the internet and Digital Leadership: Using the internet and social media tools to influence change and improve society Both concepts... Continue Reading →
Why I Made the Jump from HigherEd Institution to a HigherEdTech Company
Two weeks ago I started my first day working (albeit remotely) at the Res Ed software company, Roompact, and it was momentous in many ways for me. Not only is this my first full-time job after completing my PhD; but it is also my first job working for a private company as opposed to working... Continue Reading →
Presenting at Suffolk County Community College Today…
I'm pleased to be presenting to the faculty, staff and students of Suffolk Count Community College today. As a community college, and an institution with a large number of commuting students, social media and online technologies are an excellent way for engaging and building community with students. At my two sessions today, I will be speaking... Continue Reading →
20 GREAT Sites For Free Stock Images
As visuals become more and more important to the way we communicate, finding great images is critical to communicating your message. There are a number of websites I use when putting together presentations and finding photographs for my website. If I have very specific needs, I use the pay-per-download stock image site, shutterstock.com. The benefit of... Continue Reading →
Companies Suck Up Our Digital Information. Are We Adequately Preparing Students?
Create an account! Sign in with your Amazon account! Connect your Facebook account…. Twitter account… Google account… Every day we encounter websites that ask us to create or connect our digital accounts. It is through these accounts that companies are able to provide “helpful” features, such as personalized discounts, detailed suggestions, and optimized experiences. Sometimes... Continue Reading →
#ACPA16 Presentation: How To Become Lord Of The Slides
I was pleased to present a Genius Lab session entitled, "How To Become Lord of the Slides," at the ACPA convention this past week! As the ACPA website describes, Genius Labs "are 20-minute skill-building workshops highlighting a number of practical activities (primarily focused on technology) designed for participants to learn about, experiment with, and implement immediately."... Continue Reading →
PRESENTATION VIDEO: My Appearance On HigherEdLive’s Contested Issues Live Debate
From the creative minds of Tony Doody and Heather Shea Gasser, comes the HigherEdLive Contested Issues Live Debate. The debates took place at the 2016 ACPA Convention in Montreal and involved a series of pairs doing a live point-counterpoint on designated issues. I had the pleasure of going head-to-head with Ed Cabellon over the idea... Continue Reading →
PRESENTATION VIDEO: Your Professional Network Is Powered By Bacon
I was excited to once again be taking the big stage at ACPA to give a PechaKucha presentation. For the uninitiated, PechaKuchas entail 20 slides, each set to advance every 20 seconds, while presenters speak over them. In the past, I did a more-serious research-focused PK, a PK that highlighted the fun story of my relationship with... Continue Reading →
PRESENTATION VIDEO: Digital Explorer, Educator or Influencer? The New Student Affairs Technology Competency
https://youtu.be/GeAInHNlwcM I, along with a panel of my colleagues at both ACPA and NASPA, participated in a panel on the implications of the new Student Affairs Technology competency for higher education practice. (ACPA/NASPA Competencies for Student Affairs Educators) Above is the video of the ACPA session, while below you will find additional information and resources from... Continue Reading →
#ACPA16 Presentation: Digitized Student Development, Social Media, and Identity
I'm pleased to be presenting the results of my dissertation research at ACPA this year. This presentation provides a broad overview of my study, its findings, and implications. This is one of the first times I am presenting this material in public and I am super excited about it. If you want to learn more,... Continue Reading →
#ACPA16 Presentation: Social and Digital Technology Competency Institute for College Student Educators
Myself and a number of my colleagues from the ACPA Digital Task Force came together to propose a pre-conference session that is intended to help practitioners make sense of the new Technology competency area in the ACPA/NASPA Competencies for Student Affairs Educators. The following post gives a broad overview of the session as well as... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Beth John
credit: Edgewood College Photo Beth John Current Position and Institution: Director of First Year Experience & Adjunct Faculty in the Higher Education Leadership Graduate Program, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater First Position and Institution: Director of Student Activities, Edgewood College My first professional position was serving as the Director of Student Activities at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Beginning in... Continue Reading →
Social, Digital and Tech Program Picks for the 2016 NASPA Convention
Yesterday's post provided a preview of the tech-related sessions being offered at ACPA 2016, and today we move on to the NASPA Convention. Again, what strikes me about this list is the sheer number and diversity of programs. The topics presented are wide-ranging from faith development to online education. Every year the offerings get more... Continue Reading →
Social, Digital and Tech Program Picks for the 2016 ACPA Convention
What a difference a year makes! When I started doing these blog posts in 2014 highlighting the tech-related sessions being offered at the ACPA and NASPA conferences, it required a lot more keyword searching and scrolling to compile these lists. Now that Technology exists as its own competency area, the process has become significantly more easy! Click,... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Danielle Morgan Acosta
Danielle Morgan Acosta Current Position and Institution: Director of Student Affairs - SGA, Florida State University First Position and Institution: Resident Director, Bowditch Hall, Salem State University My first professional role was as a Resident Director for a First Year Experience, community-style building of a little over 300 students at Salem State. I had been... Continue Reading →
Watch the Video of My PhD Dissertation Defense, On College Students and Social Media
It's over! It's hard to believe the one of the final steps on my journey is complete. I want to thank everyone for all of their support throughout this process. There are far too many of you to mention individually, but I trust you know who you are and how much I appreciate you. If you'd... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Anne R Stark
Anne R. Stark, PhD Current Position and Institution: Director of Residence Life, University of Central Florida First Position and Institution: Community Director, University of Alabama I used to... well, let’s be real... sometimes still... struggle with the idea that my good work alone speaks for itself. Relationships matter. Everyday relationships will help you soar to... Continue Reading →
18 Quotes About Social Media.. From Funny to Poignant
I've been collecting quotes as of late and I've struck upon a series of quotes about social media that provide a range of opinions and commentary. Take a look at the following for some thoughts about social media and its role in our lives.
Following College Students… Getting Up To Speed On Snapchat
According to recent statistics from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 41% of U.S. teenagers are on Snapchat (April 8, 2015). Alongside Facebook and Instagram, Snapchat rounds out the Top 3 of teen social media sites. This was also consistent with the college students in my doctoral research who reported the same "top... Continue Reading →
Tips On How To Be More Positive At Work
Although not ground breaking, there is something I love about this little graphic from the folks at CMD. In one quick read, it provides you with a number of reminders on how to stay positive and motivated at work. Of course, the items listed here are all things that are more or less in your locus of control. Sometimes the more... Continue Reading →
Presenting at the Colorado College Personnel Association Conference Today…
I am excited to be joining my professional colleagues in Colorado for the annual Colorado College Personnel Association Campus. The theme of this one-day drive-in is "Professional Development in the Digital Age," so it's very appropriate that I attend and engage. I will be giving the Keynote in the morning and will alter be serving... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Charlie Potts
Charlie Potts Current Position and Institution: Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life, Gustavus Adolphus College First Position and Institution: Area Coordinator, St. Olaf College I learned several awesome lessons as a first-time professional. I carry many of those lessons with me to this day. Ever since I finished graduate school, I have spent my... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: University Of Delaware PD’s Viral Video, CopLineBling, “You can call me on the blue phone…”
A friend shared this video with me and... it... is... awesome. The campus police at the University of Delaware created their own music video to highlight their LiveSafe campus safety smartphone app. Making a play off of Drake's music video, "Hotline Bling," the officers created "Copline Bling." It is an excellent example of a fun, yet informative way to... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: George J. Hill
George J. Hill Current Position and Institution: Academic Advisor, Opening Doors Learning Communities, Kingsborough Community College First Position and Institution: Adjunct Advisor, Freshman Services, Kingsborough Community College The most important thing I learned in my first year as a student affairs professional is that it is important to seize the opportunities that present themselves, even if they... Continue Reading →
What Is technology doing FOR us and what is it doing TO us?
I quite simply LOVE this quote. It comes from Sherry Turkle, a sociologist at MIT, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2004. Turkle is a well-known and respected scholar that has produced some amazing work on the evolving nature of human beings' relationships with technology. (See some of my favorite books of hers below.) The reason... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Donna Swartwout
Donna Swartwout, Ph.D. Current Position and Institution: Director, Office of Student Conduct, Champlain College First Position and Institution: Assistant Director of Student Life, Loyola University in Maryland I learned so much in my first year as the assistant director of student life at Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University). We were an entirely new... Continue Reading →
We All Have One. What Is Your Digital Stamp?
We all have one whether we want to or not. One's digital stamp, a term coined by Erik Qualman, is the sum total of everything about you in the digital domain. One's digital stamp, sometimes referred to as one's digital identity, is a key concept that we all must be aware of when we interact online.... Continue Reading →
15 Meta-Tweets About Twitter
Since I've been on a quote-kick for a little while lately, I wanted to share some of these gems from Twitter. They're Twitter tweets about Twitter and tweeting. You don't get much more meta than that. Enjoy. 😉
The Income Disparity In College Student Social Media Use No One Is Talking About
When I present to higher education professionals on college students and social media, I often begin by providing some basic statistics on social media platform use and adoption. My reason for sharing these statistics is to set the stage for our subsequent discussions. Age is by far the biggest determinant of overall social media use.... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Cory Owen
Cory Owen Current Position and Institution: Director of International Advisement, The Juilliard School First Position and Institution: Designated School Official, The English Language Institute at Texas A&M My first position was not planned at all. I graduated with a degree in English and needed to stay in the small college town for at least another year... Continue Reading →
How To Create A Successful LinkedIn Profile, In One Easy Graphic
LinkedIn is increasingly becoming an essential tool for maintaining professional relationships and networking. When I taught a course on the higher education job search, I tried to find a simple, comprehensive guide to creating a successful LinkedIn profile. There are a lot of them out there, but many are lacking in one area or another.... Continue Reading →
The Secret Digital Lives Of Today’s Rising Freshmen
This American Life recently posted a podcast called "Status Update" that delved into the online behavior of three teenage girls who were entering high school. The girls spoke at length about Instagram and the complex rules that govern how they use it, how they maintain their social connections, and the "rules" of the "game" when... Continue Reading →
You Already Have A Permanent Digital Tattoo… And It’s Growing…
I came across this excellent Ted Talk by Juan Enriquez the other day. Titled, You Online Life, As Permanent As A Tattoo, this talk explores the idea that all of the digital data collected on you, and to which you contribute yourself through social media, is imprinting you with a permanent "digital tattoo." Traditional tattoos tell... Continue Reading →
Presenting at University of Dayton Today…
I am immensely grateful to be hosted by the staff and students in residence life at the University of Dayton today. I will be giving two talks: one to the professional staff that outlines some of my research as well as tips for engaging students online, and a second one to the student staff members... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Timothy Gordon
Timothy Gordon Current Position and Institution: Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee First Position and Institution: Resident Director, Michigan State University As a bright-eyed and eager new professional I was excited to start my first post-Master's job working as a Resident Director at Michigan State University. I was assigned to work in a building that... Continue Reading →
Simplifying Your Life: The Animated Evolution of Desk Since 1981
It is amazing how quickly our work has evolved in such a short period of time. I came across the following animated GIF on social media the other day (it was originally produced as a video by the team at BestReviews) and it encapsulates this change perfectly. What struck me most is how so much of our lives... Continue Reading →
My PhD Dissertation on College Students and Social Media Reduced To 96 Quotes
Don't want to spend the time reading through 300 pages of my dissertation work on college students, social media, identity, and selfhood? No problem. I pulled out 96 "quotable quotes" from the text. Consider it the "Reader's Digest of Dissertations." Wondering why 96 and not... 100...? I just went through the whole thing until I... Continue Reading →
Just because you use social media doesn’t mean you know how to use it well.
I say this in my presentations over and over again. It is a message I repeat in various forms: Just because you use social media doesn't mean... you know how to use it well. you understand how it functions. you can use it to accomplish goals. you understand how it impacts yourself and others.... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Ann Marie Klotz
Ann Marie Klotz Current Position and Institution: Dean of Campus Life, New York Institute of Technology First Position and Institution: Residence Hall Director, Albion College I began my professional career two months after I graduated with my undergraduate degree. I knew that the financial obligations I had with my family meant that I could not survive on... Continue Reading →
Technology Is A Tool, NOT A Learning Outcome
All too frequently, we become enamored with the bells and whistles of technology without taking a step back to examine our goals for using it. Bill Ferriter, of the Center for Teaching Quality, created the following image to demonstrate how learning to use technology can be conflated with learning what technology can enable us to do. It provides... Continue Reading →
20 Blog Title Cliches That WORK!
We've all seen them. We've probably all clicked on them. They're the articles that promise us "X number of ways to X!" or "X secrets of X revealed!" Blog post titles tend to follow a formula and they follow this formula because it works. While I'm not advocating for click-bait and sexy titles that lead... Continue Reading →
Why Academics Should Be On LinkedIn… And How To Do It
Recently, I was selected by LinkedIn to be a "featured follow" on their new app for my work in higher education and technology. As a result of this selection, I have been exploring and engaging on LinkedIn more than ever before. Although I have always been a big fan of the site, I don't... Continue Reading →
My Dissertation On College Students and Social Media In One 195-Code Word Cloud
Qualitative research requires that one code text (or images, or video, etc.) for themes. Coding is a process whereby you find snippets of text, highlight and/or excerpt it, and tag it with a word or phrase. There are a number of different code types, such as close-text, in vivo, etc. Some can be categories and... Continue Reading →
10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Blogging
The following "10 questions" are modified from a presentation I did last year with a number of higher education bloggers. If you're thinking of getting started blogging, or if you're early on in your journey, see if you can answer all of the following questions. Thinking about what you are doing and why you are... Continue Reading →
How To Find Your Life Purpose
I came across this great SlideShare by OfficeVibe CEO, Dan Benoni, the other day. Not only does it represent impeccable slide design and narrative form, but it also provides a great message and some very tangible takeaways. The presentation is organized around the following six headings: 1. WHY knowing your purpose is crucial 2. Five powerful... Continue Reading →
Seeking Submissions for an #SATBT Book!
Hello Friends... Do you want to contribute to a new book? After doing the #SATBT series on my blog, I was delighted with the wonderful stories shared and have received great feedback from others about how much they enjoyed reading them. It inspired me to think about collecting these into a print-on-demand paper book! The... Continue Reading →
The Time I Sent JetBlue A 5-Pound Bag Of Blue Gummy Bears
The Holidays are a time for giving gifts to your special friends and loved ones. So, of course, when your friends and loved ones happen to be the social media team and staff at JetBlue, you send them blue gummy bears. 5-pound bags of blue gummy bears and the world's largest blue gummy bear (also 5-pounds), to... Continue Reading →
Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Teach Students To “Lead Imperfectly”
I was recently provided a copy of James Robilotta's new book, Leading Imperfectly: The Value of Being Authentic for Leaders, Professionals, and Human Beings. James is one of my "digital friends." A person I've connected to virtually, through shared goals, a shared outlook on life, and kismet. We've barely spoken in person, but he's one... Continue Reading →
80% of Jobs Are Landed Through Networking
When speaking about digital and social technology and the importance of leveraging it for career success, I often share this statistic that comes from John Bennett: 80% of jobs are landed through networking and personal relationships. Although I cannot vouch for the research behind it, it's not a statistic I find surprising. As I have... Continue Reading →
7 Tips To Finish Your Dissertation Without It Finishing You
I came across this GREAT SlideShare from Wiley promoting their book by Joanne Broder Sumerson, Finish Your Dissertation, Don't Let It Finish You. Although I cannot vouch for the book itself, having not actually read it, this slick little piece of marketing material hits the nail on the head. If you or someone you love are... Continue Reading →
Social Listening: Educators Aren’t Doing Enough Of It
An important untapped resource for college student educators on social media is the act of "social listening." The term social listening is borrowed from the world of marketing where companies will search for their names and products via social media to find out what consumers are saying. Social listening on college campuses is very similar. It... Continue Reading →
Is YikYak Just A “Bag O’ Glass?” Should It Be Accountable?
Given that I speak on social media and college students, it's inevitable that the topic of YikYak on campus comes up. YikYak is an anonymous geosocial app that allows individuals to post and view posts within defined geographic areas. This geo-functionality is one of the reasons it has become so popular on college campuses and at... Continue Reading →
How Instagram Perverts The Developing College Student Mind
I came across these compelling images the other day and they immediately struck a chord with me. Thai photographer Chompoo Baritone posted them to his Facebook page. They demonstrate how Instagram photos often portray a selective view of reality--often a "perfected image" of life. In my research, I have found that one of the effects of... Continue Reading →
What Does Connected Learning Look Like?
Connected learning holds the promise of re-invisioning what education can look like. In many ways, we have talked about the ideal of connected learning for years, but it wasn't until the advent of the internet and social media, in particular, that we have had the tools to make it a reality. The beauty of social technology... Continue Reading →
Half A Million Reasons To Be Thankful… Thank YOU!
I have many many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving, but one of the many thanks I have to share is a thank you to the readers of this blog. It's thanks to your feedback and encouragement that my blog is approaching 500,000 views. If trends continue as they have, it will likely hit this... Continue Reading →
25 Ways You Know You Are Dating a Student Affairs Professional* [REBLOG]
I don’t know how I missed this the first time around, but I came across this lovely funny little piece by Niki Messmore and collaborators the other day. I know I’ve been guilty of a few of these in my past (particularly #2). The original post is linked at the bottom (complete with animated GIFs) but the list includes:
- Your first date involves: Name games, free pizza, and an evaluation of what could be improved for the next time.
- They give you career counseling.
One minute you’re discussing your job and musing about your expectations/interests in your career, and the next they are asking you probing questions about what makes you happy, where do you see yourself in ten years, and then they proceed to advise you navigating your career.
- They ask what organizations you were involved with in college.
Not everyone was involved in a college student organization (or even went to college). In fact, most people were not – but try telling them this! And if you were in a student organization (student government, College Republicans, Greek, etc) as soon as you mention it a look enters their eye, they go “hmm, interesting” and you immediately know they just judged your entire personality.
- They ask questions using counseling techniques like ‘probing’ and ‘reflection’.
You realized you’re doing most of the talking during the date. They skillfully navigate the conversation with relationship building skills and use counseling techniques to learn more about you, until finally you cry about some buried memory or receive an epiphany about your true purpose in life.
- When you answer questions about life experiences, share something insightful, and they nod sagely saying “Oh that makes total sense, and explain their understanding using various theories and catch phrases like ‘external formulas’.
- When you say something sexist/racist/ableist/homophobic, etc, they call you out
True story: Once I went on a date with a man who referenced his ex-girlfriend and called her a “bitch”. And I proceeded to challenge him with a “You realize you’re out with a feminist, yeah?” and ignored his mansplaining as I explained why that reference was sexist (and not okay).
- They ask what your MBTI is, and if you say you don’t know they’re like “Oh, I bet you’re totally like a ___!” and proceed to conduct a personality test.
- When you make dinner plans they immediately write off all pizza and Subway.
When the only food your date gets is free pizza and sandwiches, then it is a terrible idea to not introduce more interesting items into their diet.
>>>#ResLife Option: On the plus side, they pay for all dinner plans. On the negative side, dinner is always at a dining hall.
- If you make the date during a break (summer, spring, winter) they are super excited to go to the bars that have emptied of college students.
- They have a disturbingly large supply of condoms and are more knowledgeable than most on the science of safe sex.
- They measure time in semesters, not years.
“So when did you visit Las Vegas?” “Oh, spring 2013 at the ACPA Convention”.
- They provide adequate trigger warnings and uses words like “heteronormative” and “cisgender”
- Good luck trying to spend time with them around the beginning or end of the school year, or any other major event.
- They’re always check their phone to make sure residents didn’t burn down the building or student organizations/athletes aren’t hazing.
- At the end of each date they ask you to do “highs and lows” or “roses and thorns” to evaluate the experience.
- You can’t understand half the things they say because they speak in acronyms.
- When you spend the night, they have 52 free shirts that you can choose from as pajamas.
- Movie dates result with analyzing the film from a social justice perspective.
- They’re always asking odd hypothetical questions like “So, if you’re trapped in a basement after an earthquake, and have these 12 items, what would you use first?”
- The first time you say “I love you,” they ask you to operationalize what you mean by the word “love”.
- Your significant other’s RAs/colleagues consider you to be an honorary member of the staff.
- You know you should be flattered when they call you “self-authored’ but you’re unsure why.
- They always say that you both should assess the relationship, yet never make any time to do so.
- They ask you “What does diversity mean to you?”
- Sleepovers come with a caveat for being woken up at 3a.m. on duty nights. #ResLife
*This includes graduate students as well. Don’t get it twisted – your assistantship is 20 hours a week and you’re doing student affairs work with real, live students; hence you are a professional in my opinion.
Have you ever been on a date and realized you’ve done one of the following? Or perhaps you’ve been on a date with someone in Student Affairs and always thought something seemed off about them. Well here’s a list of the top ways you know you’re on a date with someone in SA (with special notations about #ResLife only issues)
1) Your first date involves: Name games, free pizza, and an evaluation of what could be improved for the next time.
2) They give you career counseling.
One minute you’re discussing your job and musing about your expectations/interests in your career, and the next they are asking you probing questions about what makes you…
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Playing Around With Concepts Of College Student Digitized Self-Authorship
Although not the specific focus of my research, it nevertheless occurred to me that some of the behaviors I noticed students exhibiting in my research followed well known and well established developmental patterns. As a thought experiment, I tried to map some of these behaviors to the classic developmental theories of Marcia Baxter Magolda and... Continue Reading →
Social Media: The Musicals!
Every wonder what your favorite social networks looked like if they were translated into musicals? Probably not, but they exist anyways. Here are a few fun, funny and catchy musical numbers about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.. and as a bonus... Google. Facebook: The Musical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2JhpNbe2Io Twitter: The Musical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr3Tl7T6fIQ Instagram: The Musical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-waJH2lUJ5M Tumblr: The... Continue Reading →
My Guest Appearance on The Collegiate Empowerment Show
I was SUPER pleased to join Tony D'Angelo on The Collegiate Empowerment Show this week. We had a great conversation about my career and life path, my experience with technology growing up and how I turned that passion into the subject of my research. I hope you'll find it an interesting listen. Tony is... Continue Reading →
The Story of Greg… His Smartphone… And What It Means For College Student Evolution
On his way to class, Greg accomplishes many things. Buried in his smartphone, he dodges fellow students, almost trips up a set of stairs, and ducks a low tree lying tree branch (remember that next time). During his ten minute walk, Greg is listening to a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing how contemporary schools... Continue Reading →
What We Need To Teach Digital Student Leaders
A simple series of slides giving some pointers and tips that we need to educate student leaders on as it comes to social media. Feel free to use, share and distribute with attribution!
What Type Of Social Media Personality Are YOU?
One thing I have come to appreciate through my research is the varied ways in which people use social media. Each person integrates and makes meaning of their social media presences in their own way. However, there also seem to be some trends in ways people interact. The following infographic struck me as surfacing... Continue Reading →
All Of Social Media… In One Beautiful Infographic
The Conversation Prism is a beautifully designed infographic, now in its fourth iteration, that provides an overview of social media sites and presents them as a taxonomy. Different sites are categorized according to their main purpose and/or use. Not only is the prism beautifully designed, but it also offers a great resource for individuals hoping... Continue Reading →
Teaching College Students To Use The Appropriate Communication Platforms
One of the important ancillary findings arising out of my research is the need to teach college students about choosing the best to communication method for the contexts they find themselves in and the goals they want to achieve. As the infographic above illustrates, different media have different levels of intimacy. They also allow for different ranges... Continue Reading →
Presenting a Webinar to OSA, The Optical Society, Today…
I have the honor of presenting a webinar to the members of OSA, The Optical Society, today. Although the following presentation is geared towards professionals, engineers and researchers working in optics-related fields, the concepts presented here are relatively universal. If you're looking to enhance your network, share your expertise and increase your visibility online, the following... Continue Reading →
Keep Calm… It’s Only Student Affairs… Do An Icebreaker…
I feel as though we need our now set of "keep calm" memes... don't you?
Using Social Media To Promote Your College/Student Events
Using social media is a great way to increase the attendance and engagement of students at your events. When I consult with colleges and universities, event promotion is one of the top ways in which social media is used. Unfortunately, however, many institutions are still using social media as just a replacement for the flier. Social media... Continue Reading →
Presenting at the LEAD365 2015 Conference Today…
I'm grateful to be joining the faculty of the LEAD365 Conference today to present to some exception student leaders and leadership educators. Designed for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals, Lead365 is committed to preparing collegiate leaders to effectively serve, producing individuals well-equipped for the work force, and inspiring service to humanity. So what am I... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Myra McPhee
Myra M. McPhee Current Position and Institution: Director of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs, Sarah Lawrence College First Position and Institution: Resident Coordinator, Community Development, La Salle University The career lesson I learned from my first job was the importance of having collateral assignments as a form of professional development. My primary role was to manage... Continue Reading →
Moving Students From Passive Interest To Investment Online
Mike Arauz has a great presentation on SlideShare about the "spectrum of friendships" on social media. Specifically, he asks, "What can brands learn from people who are good at making friends on the internet?" This spectrum can also be applied to the world of higher education where institutions seek to promote students' sense of belonging and... Continue Reading →
Chickering’s Vectors Illustrated With Cat Pictures
This is what happens when I get bored and procrastinate...
What Does Digitized College Student Development Look Like?
A good friend and colleague, David Kasch, presented a paper at the ASHE conference back in 2011 where he attempted to analyze/categorize developmental theories by their narrative patterns. Some theories represent linear patterns, whereas others are continua, and still others follow intersectional or vector patterns. The above graphic is a modification of David's original concept, but should... Continue Reading →
Switching Your Digital Student Marketing to Digital Student Engagement
David Armano put together this great graphic that sums up one of the main messages I give to college departments trying to ramp up their social media presences. Social media don't have to be just a replacement for the flier. It can be such more. (And should be.) Rather than thinking of social media as another broadcast... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Dan Maxwell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRqAYToD-HQ Dan Maxwell Current Position and Institution: Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Houston System Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Houston First Position and Institution: Residence Hall Director, Office of Residence Life, Syracuse University >My first professional position was as a Residence Hall Director at Syracuse University, my alma mater. ... Continue Reading →
Presenting at University of Delaware Today…
I have the privilege of sharing my time and space today with the staff and students at the University of Delaware. There are two workshops I'll be giving which are both revamped presentations with a lot of new content arising out of my research. Hopefully you will find the information helpful as well. In particular, one... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: Kickstarter-ing Undergraduate Research at William and Mary [REBLOG]
I wanted to share this blog post from Adam Gismondi highlighting a previous effort from his alma mater (William & Mary) to use the Kickstarter crowdsourcing model to help fund undergraduate research. It’s an excellent example a way of using social media and digital technology to help engage students, alumni, and the broader public. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the project is the ability for donors to see the direct results of their efforts.
What do “social” web technologies look like in practice within higher education? This is a question that I often see posed within both online conversations and at conference educational sessions, but rare is the tangible answer that follows.
Earlier this month, I was down at my alma mater, William & Mary, for the annual Charter Day Weekend festivities. Each year, the College brings alums and current students together to celebrate the institution’s founding and honor distinguished alumni, and I was lucky enough to be down there representing the W&M Boston Alumni Chapter at the annual meetings. It was at these meetings that I was introduced to an innovative practice currently being used that combines several elements of the college experience in a unique way. Professor Joel Schwartz, Director of the Charles Center on campus, spoke about the Center’s Honors Fellows, students that apply for and receive special grants for research…
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#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Lisa Endersby
Lisa Endersby Current Position and Institution: Experiential Learning Projects Coordinator, Career Services, Queen's University First Position and Institution: Student Experience Advisor, Student Experience Centre, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) I can still vividly remember waiting to cross the stage at my Master’s graduation, having traveled back across the country (from Toronto to British... Continue Reading →
FERPA Chips: You Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny That You Ate Just One
Fine Print: The original FERPA Chip recipe was developed by James Buckley in 1974 - but has been updated according to changing consumer tastes over multiple years. FERPA Chips utilize only Grade [redacted] potatoes (grades cannot be disclosed for FERPA Chips). FERPA Chips may or may not contain salt. FERPA Chips may or may not... Continue Reading →
Trends in Web-Enabled, Open Higher Education
I created the following SlideShare to review some of the contemporary changes, trends and cross currents happening in higher education. From open educational resources, to the rise of the MOOC, these slides provide a broad overview of what's happening as technology is disrupting educational delivery.
#SAgradTBT Student Affairs (Grad) Throwback Thursday: Cara D. Arena
Cara D. Arena Current Position and Institution: Graduate Assistant, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro First Position and Institution: Coordinator of Student Activities, SUNY Sullivan Yes, that is a picture of me from my first professional student affairs position at Hogwarts…just kidding. On Halloween, our small community college in the Catskills of New York... Continue Reading →
Presenting at Boston Latin School Today…
I'm excited to be presenting at Boston Latin School today for a number of reasons... One. Boston Latin is the first and oldest public school in the United States. As an exam/application-based school, it recruits some of the best and brightest in the Boston area and boasts a number of notable alumni (Samuel Adams, Leonard... Continue Reading →
Have You Seen Zeb Davenport’s ACPA Video? A Postive Self Talk “Alphabet” Tour De Force.
If you want to watch a master presenter, you have to see Zeb Davenport's PechaKucha talk from ACPA 2015. I've worked with the PechaKucha format a lot over the past few years, and I believe this is one of the most masterful uses of the format. PechaKucha as you may remember, is 20 slides, each... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Tony Doody
Tony Doody Current Position and Institution: Senior Director of Student Engagement, Rutgers University First Position and Institution: Facility Coordinator - Werblin Recreation Center, Recreational Services, Rutgers University I had just been selected to lead the grand opening and management of a $20 million recreation facility. I was 22 years old, fresh out of college, and... Continue Reading →
The Student Learning Imperative In Star Wars Scroll Form…
The folks behind Star Wars released a fun little tool that allows you to turn any text into the classic "opening scroll" found at the beginning of the movies. Playing around with some student affairs documents, I found the opening paragraph to the Student Learning Imperative to fit surprisingly well... it feels so dramatic! Click the... Continue Reading →
Student Affairs Singers, Songwriters, and Band Members
I was inspired by one of my friends/student affairs colleagues who recently released some songs with his band The VIr (Old Train Car... LOVE this song) and it had me wondering about what other student affairs professionals sing and/or perform in bands. I've always been in awe of people with musical talent (myself possessing none)... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Todd Porter
Todd Porter Current Position and Institution: Director of Residence Life, The Juilliard School First Position and Institution: Residence Director, The University of Vermont The most important lesson(s) that I learned as an entry-level are how to be effective in doing your job and recognizing your own limitations and capacity. First, realizing that I was new... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Doreen Hettich-Atkins
Doreen Hettich-Atkins Current Position and Institution: Senior Assistant to the Associate Provost for Student Life, Ithaca College First Position and Institution: Residence Director, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (formerly the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science) I was a year out of my undergraduate program and didn’t have a Master’s degree yet, but knew I... Continue Reading →
On Professional Competencies and the Student Affairs Philosopher King
This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators. Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part 2: Themes On... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Keith Edwards
Keith Edwards Current Position and Institution: Speaker and Educator First Position and Institution: Complex Coordinator, University of Delaware My first year was full of friendships, mistakes, learning, and growth. Frankly, it was a very tough experience for me, both personally and professionally. When I look back, I’m very glad I took a three-year approach to my... Continue Reading →
Themes (Part 2): The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators
This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators. Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part... Continue Reading →
Hey #SApro, what was your win today?
When I was starting a new job, one of my good friends who helped me process my first few days would always ask: What was your win today? It was one of those seemingly benign lines that stuck in my head for some reason. What was my win today? What was my win today? What... Continue Reading →
Blurred Lines: “The Student Affairs Professionals” Facebook Group and Social Media
The internet is open. This is both the beauty and power of the internet and the ugly side of the internet. Part of its beauty is that it enables peer-to-peer learning, the facilitation of relationships and the organic building of community. Part of its power is that it democratizes conversation without needing to go through... Continue Reading →
Content Curation: Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons [REBLOG]
A great piece from Laura Pasquini that provides a primer and overview of aspects of fair use, creative commons, and using/remixing content and images found online. For those of you teaching, creating presentations, or posting content online, the following provides a great overview of the basics.
Image from: Opensource.com
In planning my courses this term, the textbook for my LTEC 4000 course will be OPTIONAL. With a wealth of training and development resources digitally available online, in databases, from many professional organizations, and in our library system, I decided to have my three sections of my class be rhizomatic in their learning. (Thanks for modeling this learning approach for a few years now, Dave.) Learning is more than consumption. By encouraging my students to curate their own knowledge, I hope it will help contextualization how these course objectives are applicable for the world of work. This semester LTEC4000 will aggregate training and development content in a wiki. Here’s to giving ownership to the learning process through research inquiry, critical thinking, and content contribution. Wish me luck!
In thinking about digital curation and online literacy, I want my students to consider how they share, remix, and adapt…
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#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Keith Humphrey
Keith Humphrey Current Position and Institution: Vice President for Student Affairs, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo First Position and Institution: Hall Director, Residence Life, The University of Arizona My first job was a wonderful experience that taught me even though I had my Master’s degree, I did NOT know everything. Career and life lessons came regularly.... Continue Reading →
Do You Need A Student Affairs September Detox? (Infographic from @jessmsamuels)
I don't know if I lived under a rock when these originally came out, but I came across another AMAZING Jess Samuels infographic. Here she explains the signs and symptoms that indicate you may need a "student affairs detox." It originally appeared on the Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog. Enjoy.
4 Things Every New Digital #SAgrad Should Do 2015
It's time for a yearly update! My advice for the digital #SAgrad of 2015... So you've recently started your journey towards a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. CONGRATULATIONS! As a former instructor in a number of these programs, one of the topics I like to review with my students is how they can... Continue Reading →
“Here’s The Story, of a Lovely Lady”: Leadership Lessons from the Brady Bunch [REBLOG]
I grew up with the Brady Bunch on re-runs after school, so for me, this article from the LEAD365 blog is the bees knees. As greg might day, it’s FAR OUT!If you aren’t familiar with LEAD365, you should check out their blog and their national conference. It includes an amazing slate of speakers and thought leaders. I was humbled… honored.. pleased… to be asked to be one of the contributing faculty members to it this fall.
The Official Blog of the Lead365 National Conference
Here’s the Story of a Lovely Lady – Leadership Lessons via The Brady Bunch
No, you aren’t crazy, the title DOES say, “Leadership Lessons via the Brady Bunch”. On Hulu, you can now watch The Brady Bunch in its entirety. You may have watched this show when you were a kid, I know I did. What I didn’t realize is that I really did see every episode back then and it has been wonderful reliving some of those moments all of these years later.
“Mom always says don’t play ball in the house!”
“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”
So what does a family sitcom that originally aired in 1967 and ran until 1974 (with lots of air time on channels like Nickelodeon in the 90s) have to do with leadership? Teamwork and team psychology most readily come to mind as far as leadership lessons go when I think about Tthe Brady Bunch
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