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 schools.  Given that residential campuses often have defined populations in defined geographic areas, it is incredibly easy to post to others in the community and see what others are saying around you.

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 is the affordances it allows: spreadability, searchability, visibility, and the democratization of content production.  Functioning similarly, the idea of being able to create one’s own PLE (Personal Leanring Environment) or PLN (Personal Learning Network) allows one to… Read More

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.

Stay the Course: Reminders for When Assessment Gets Messy [REBLOG]

My friends for the assessment revolution! My office is gearing up to take the next step in our learning outcomes assessment efforts. I’m VERY excited! It’s going to be fun, intellectually and professionally fulfilling, and (most importantly and hopefully) provide meaningful insight into the student experience. But in addition to excitement, I am also a bit nervous, because, as you’ve likely noticed, measuring for learning is messy – which is the largest part of its difficulty, but, also, its beauty. In my research about student learning and assessment over the past few years I’ve come to…

Does Size Matter? Professional experiences at small colleges and universities. [REBLOG]

Originally posted on Todd Porter:
“I always assumed that working at a small school was like scraping the bottom of the barrel.” The moment this was stated, I knew exactly what this graduate student was saying. It was a sentiment I have heard from various graduate students that I have connected with over the course of the summer. There seemed to be a growing mentality amongst these future professionals when thinking about their first position out of graduate school. They were reluctant to consider the opportunity of working at small schools as…