The Importance of “Tags” in Using Digital Data for Assessment

  One of the most common and important features of modern software is the “tag.” A tag is a short keyword or phrase that a user assigns to a piece of information that describes it in some way. You might also be familiar with hashtags, a form of tag used in social media (#thisisahashtag). Tags are not always proceeded with a “#” symbol. Sometimes software provides you with a tag or keyword box, or a list of predefined tags from which you can choose. Many of the software applications you use probably use tags,… Read More

2017: The Year of College Student Activism and Social Media Organizing

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was one of the most divisive in recent history. In a recent poll by CNN, 85% of Americans reported believing that the country is more divided than in previous years. As we head into 2017, this division is likely to remain steady and perhaps increase. As a result, college campuses in 2017 will likely see an increase in political activism and social unrest approaching levels not seen since the 1960s. Colleges and universities, long the epicenter of many of these movements, will again become the crucible for social… Read More

Just Published: “College Student Development in Digital Spaces” in “Engaging the Digital Generation”

NDSS Volume 155

I’m pleased to share that the new volume of New Directions for Student Services that I’ve been collaborating on for the past year is finally available online!  Engaging the Digital Generation, edited by Josie Ahlquist and Ed Cabellon, focuses on issues confronting college students and higher education professionals related to technology.  The chapters in this volume include: Chapter 1: “A Historical Perspective on Student Affairs Professionals’ Use of Digital Technology” by Cabellon, E. T., & Payne-Kirchmeier, J. Chapter 2: “The Digital Identity of Student Affairs Professionals” by Ahlquist, J. Chapter 3: “A Strategic… Read More

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 a number of years now, and as my resource pages grew, it became time for a redesign (and a unification). Enter: HigherEdTechResources.com aka SATechResources.com. Below you will find links to topics on my completely redesigned resources page. It includes… Read More

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, for a total presentation time of 5 minutes. In this lightning talk, I discuss one of the most compelling findings from my research: online motivation and “the Like.”