SPOTLIGHT: Lehigh University’s Faculty Read Mean RateMyProfs Reviews

It’s somewhat of a rarity to find faculty involved in university social media efforts, but extremely rare to find a content that is exclusively focused on faculty.  Lehigh University put together a gem of a video with professors reading negative reviews of their teaching from the website RateMyProfessors.com.  The video is a play off of Jimmy Kimmel’s popular “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” videos from his late night talk show. Apparently this phenomenon began at a number of Canadian universities.  The Chronicle of Higher Education has a great piece that includes some similar videos. What makes… Read More

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 through blogging and is an active participant on #SAchat.  Her website has a wealth of information about college student engagement online. Follow @JosieAhlquist This is a post from my ongoing effort every Friday to highlight interesting and engaging higher education professionals… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Use PollEverywhere To Create Instant Audience Polls

For my first Wednesday spotlight, I wanted to showcase a tool I personally use in my teaching and presentations, Poll Everywhere.  Poll Everywhere allows individuals to create quick polls, quizzes, and interactive message boards that can be integrated into presentation software for gathering feedback on the fly.  Individuals can access and answer the polls via a website on any device with a browser, or use SMS texting.  If you’re looking for a way to bring interactive elements to your classroom or next talk, give Poll Everywhere a look.  They have a number… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: These Fraternity Brothers Lip Dub Taylor Swift… And She Responds

The fraternity brothers of Delta Sigma Phi (Beta Mu chapter) at Transylvania University produced this viral video, “just for fun.”  But it was also a great way to showcase their organization and prepare for recruitment.  They received wide press coverage (example, example) and appeared on a local news station to explain their goals and process.  Views of the video have reached over 2 million and counting. UPDATE: Since I wrote this, Universal Music Group decided to assert their copyright and have the video taken down because of its inclusion of the Taylor… Read More

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 that is at the forefront of this type of engagement. The following post comes from the blog maintained by the Boston College Social Media Council.  The Council is composed of representatives that utilize social media to promote… Read More