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 →

SPOTLIGHT: Kickstarter-ing Undergraduate Research at William and Mary [REBLOG]

wmchiffre1I 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.

Read on!

Society & Social Media

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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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SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @ChrisJScanlon

I first met Chris when he was interviewing for a job at one of my former institutions.  Although the job didn't mutually work out, it was clear to me from the day we met that Chris was going places.  He tweets about donuts, hockey, and running, and occasionally you'll find him on an #SAchat dropping some wisdom.... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @NikiMessmore

Niki always puts out great content and is quick to provide an insightful thought or tweet.  She has a very successful blog, Dances With Dissonance, which covers a number of topics both within higher education and outside of it, including social justice, feminism, life transitions, and professional issues.  Consider giving her a follow! Follow @NikiMessmore This... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @EricaKThompson

Erica is enthusiastic and always willing to reach out and make new friends.  She is heavily involved in the #SAchat community, so if you ever participate in one of the weekly chats, it's highly likely she might be the mysterious moderator behind the account.  Check out her blog and give her a follow... Follow @EricaKThompson This is a post... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Nuzzel Social News Reader

Nuzzel is an amazing little app/web service that helps surface the news your friends and others in your network care about.  Log into Nuzzel and connect your Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Then, daily, or at an interval of your choice, you will receive an email containing the most shared links of the day from those in... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @HeatherGasser

Heather and I are ACPA leadership buddies.  She was the Coordinator of Commissions when I was starting as the Coordinator of Standing Committees and now she is the Director of Membership Development and I am her elect.  There are numerous points of overlap in our professional journeys and also in our professional interests.  Heather is... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: LinkedIn for Higher Education

You might think of LinkedIn as just a tool that you use to create a profile, network, and search for jobs.  LinkedIn, however, is making a big push into higher education using its treasure trove of data to help institutions engage with prospective students and alumni.  Want to know how many people working for Google... Continue Reading →

Year in Review: My Most Viewed SlideShare Presentations (2014)

I have been on SlideShare since 2010 and am a big proponent of the platform. Think of it as the YouTube of presentations. This year I was designated a "Keynote Author" by SlideShare which saw the traffic to my content increase SIGNIFICANTLY.  The following is a review of my most viewed presentations from 2014.

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @LauraPasquini

Dr. Laura Pasquini has been a good friend of mine for a very long time... since we worked at Miami University almost a decade ago.  Although we didn't know it then, she and I share a research interest in all things Ed-Tech.  She's incredibly knowledgeable, travels the world, and maintains a blog where she shares... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Achieve Inbox Zero with UnrollMe

We all get newsletters, promotions, and list-serve emails sent to our inbox every day.  Remember that one item you bought from that one website one time?  Now you get their daily emails.  It’s information overload. Sometimes managing the email glut is as simple as going through an unsubscribe spree every few months, but other times... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @BDProffer

Brian is a new professional at Michigan State University that blogs about higher education, student affairs, web 2.0, LGBT issues and general life inspirations and observations.  He's thoughtful, has some great insights, and is also your "go to" if you want to see tweeted pictures of cute animals (and who doesn't?).  Check him out and give him a... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Harvard’s Multimedia Page

More and more institutions are beginning to create "social media directories" or landing pages that catalog all of the different social media presences of their departments and offices.  Harvard takes this one step further with their creation of a multimedia landing page that incorporates video, audio, photos, iTunesU podcasts and audio all into one page.... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @ACPAprez

Forget transferring a gavel, this is the 21st century.  Now we transfer Twitter accounts.  The @ACPAprez account transfers from President to President every year during the Annual Business Meeting of ACPA-College Student Educators International.  ACPA, one of the comprehensive professional associations in student affairs and higher education is an excellent account to follow, but don't... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @NASPApres

As one of two of the comprehensive student affairs professional associations based in the United States, NASPA is one of the organizations you need to follow.  You can also follow Kevin Krueger, the current president of NASPA, who tweets under his own @NASPApres account.  Follow him to stay abreast of some of the goings on in Washington, as... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: The TED-Ed Mini-Course Creator

TED-Ed comes from the creators of TED Talks as a means of turning any YouTube video into an interactive lesson.  Choose a video and build discussion boards, multiple choice and open-ended quizzes, and links to additional resources.  TED-Ed is a simple platform with few but straightforward features.  Because TED-Ed lessons are bite-size pieces of content, they are... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @AnnMarieKlotz

Currently working at the New York Institute of Technology, Ann Marie has specialties in women's and gender studies, leadership, and social media.  She constantly tries to ask the unasked question and always has something interesting to say.  You can also follow her blog.  She also contributes to a group blog, Firestarters at NYIT, a "place for innovators, disruptors... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Use Listly for Crowd-Curated Web Lists

List.ly is a social list making and content curation site.  If you're trying to crowdsource a list on something (ex. the best photography sites?  your favorite eggplant parmigiana recipes?  best restaurants in Boston?) then Listly can help.  With Listly, you set the topic, and then add links to items you want included on your list.... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Mississippi State’s Study Abroad With Social Media

The study abroad space is ripe for social media efforts.  With students dispersed across the globe, communication is easier through social media.  Additionally, with these once-in-a-liftime opportunities come some great photos and stories.  Media that can aid in getting other students excited about a study abroad experience.  Mississippi State University held photo and blogging contests... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @mi_good

If you want to follow someone who follows his heart and travels the world, Michael Anthony Goodman is the perfect add for your Follow Friday.  Michael has a background in student affairs, but recently left his job in Indiana to head to China.  He is an incredibly gifted writer who is able to give voice to... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Loyola Maryland’s Facebook Cover Photos

Loyola University of Maryland started this very simple effort to promote their institution and develop a sense of community and belonging amongst their students.  By creating pre-formatted Facebook cover photos, they are making it easier than ever for students to show their pride.  Check out their landing page. Images are updated yearly for incoming classes... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: University of Michigan’s On Snapchat

Snapchat is an odd social network/chat app to be using for engagement with your students, but a couple of institutions are trying it out.  Most recently, the University of Michigan joined the University of Houston beginning efforts in this uncharted territory.  With Snapchat being one of the most popular apps for students in the 18-24 year... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @AmmaMarfo

Amma has an amazing ability to perfectly summarize anything she hears into 140 characters or less.  If you want to follow the best live-tweeter in student affairs, Amma is it.  Amma also maintains a blog, and frequently writes and speaks about introversion and about how humor can teach you about your work. Follow @AmmaMarfo This... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Twitter Walls For Use During Events

If you're hosting an event or conference, you may want to display live tweets with a specific hashtag for all attendees to see.  There are a number of high quality paid options out there, but also some that are free.  Below you'll find some examples of "twitter walls" that I've had various success with using.... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Cornell Admissions’ Student Blogs

The use of first-person student blogs on admissions websites isn't new, but Cornell University has given broad latitude to its student bloggers to share their uncensored experiences.  From the blog landing page, one has links to student blogs on independent platforms including Tumblr, Instagram, WordPress, and others.  It's a refreshing take on student admissions blogs that... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @EdCabellon

If you're reading this, you probably follow Ed already, but if you're not, do it right now.  Ed was one of the early adopters of Twitter and has an expertise in social media in higher education and in college student union work.  He's also been the initiator of a number of initiatives including #SAgrow, for... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @DrCindiLove

Dr. Cindi Love is the new Executive Director of ACPA-College Student Educators International.  Cindi brings some excellent perspectives on social justice in higher education and what we can do to affect change.  If you want to stay current on happenings in Washington impacting higher education, or just need a dose of inspiration, Cindi Love is... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @PGLove33

I love Patrick Love.  The current Vice President of Student Affairs at NYIT, Patrick has been a leader in higher education through roles as a scholar, a speaker, and a disruptor.  It is perhaps this last quality that makes me appreciate Patrick the most.  He is constant striving to look at things in new ways and... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @JosieAhlquist

Since it's my first Follow Friday post, it's only fitting I start with the woman who inspired me to begin this process.  Josie Ahlquist is a Doctoral student in higher education, and a researcher and speaker on social media and college students, particularly as it relates to leadership and student self-presentation online.  Josie shares her knowledge... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT: Boston College’s Viral Video #BCHappy

In keeping with my goal to re-blog the posts of others that I find particularly interesting or illuminating, I wanted to share the following post that comes from my home institution, Boston College.  Being a researcher of social and digital technologies in the higher education space, I am immensely privileged to be at an institution... Continue Reading →

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