YikYak: Promoting cultures of bullying and sexual violence on college campuses

YikYak is a new social app released earlier this year that is quickly becoming popular amongst high school and college students across the United States.  Its goal is to serve as “a local bulletin board for your area.”  It uses geolocation on one’s smartphone to allow one to post short statements that are broadcast and searchable by other users in the immediate area.  Users can also “vote up,” “vote down,” or reply to posts.  All of these posts are anonymous.

University in the New Millennium: Threats, Opportunities and Change

I’m excited to be presenting on one of my research passions at the 2014 national conventions of both ACPA-College Student Educators International and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. My session on the future of higher education (see below) is something I’ve presented on before, but I’ve been able to update this presentation with about 50-60% new content as my understanding of the topic has evolved.

The Future in 6:40

The Future of Student Affairs in 6 Minutes and 40 Seconds…  The Future of Higher Education in 6 Minutes and 40 Seconds… The Future of Anything in 6 minutes and 40 seconds… The “Future Series” is something I first conceived of back in the Summer of 2012.  The Future series entails a diverse group of colleagues coming together to present mini-presentations on their prognostications for the future.  These presentations use a PechaKucha style, a format that entails a presenter speaking over 20 slides, each set to advance every 20 seconds, producing a talk… Read More

Experiment Using Social Media in the Classroom (After The Article)

Twitter Bird

Last week, StudentAffairs.com published a piece I wrote entitled, An Experiment Using Twitter in Teaching a Student Affairs Practicum Course, in their Journal of Technology in Student Affairs.  (Please check it out and let me know what you think!)  In one of the later paragraphs of the piece, I wrote about my plans for teaching with social media in the future.  As many of my students will tell you, I like to try one or two new “teaching experiments” each semester.  Usually these experiments involve some kind of technology or social media… Read More

Defense Against the Dark Arts: The University’s Last Lecture

I’m an insider, but an outsider.  As a PhD student studying higher education, and as someone who has worked in colleges and universities his entire life, I’m completely comfortable in the classroom and in being surrounded by students.   This semester, however, I’m an immigrant in a foreign land.  I’m taking a course in the business school, MI621: Social Media for Managers.  It’s not that I don’t work in a business, I do.  I just don’t speak the exact same language.  I, like many other academics, hold on to the belief that the… Read More