The Story of Greg… His Smartphone… And What It Means For College Student Evolution

On his way to class, Greg accomplishes many things.  Buried in his smartphone, he dodges fellow students, almost trips up a set of stairs, and ducks a low tree lying tree branch (remember that next time).  During his ten minute walk, Greg is listening to a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing how contemporary schools kill student creativity.  The irony of this is not lost on him as he rushes off to class in the largest lecture hall on campus.  Subvert the system from the inside! He checks the news.  It is… Read More

Switching Your Digital Student Marketing to Digital Student Engagement

David Armano put together this great graphic that sums up one of the main messages I give to college departments trying to ramp up their social media presences.  Social media don’t have to be just a replacement for the flier.  It can be such more.  (And should be.)  Rather than thinking of social media as another broadcast network, it’s better to conceive of it as an engagement platform.  At left, we have our traditional methods of student advertising… where the engagement typically occurs at an offline event and the marketing serves to get them… Read More

Video Introducing “Digitized Student Development Theory”

What do our college student development theories look like when we give them a digital update? How might social media be changing the ways students develop and understand themselves? What are the implications for college student educator practice? The following was originally presented at the 2015 NASPA Convention as a part of the SAspeaks series.  This video gives you a preview into the preliminary results of my doctoral research…

Introducing My Dissertation Topic: College Students, Social Media and the Self

This Thursday, I will (finally) have my dissertation proposal hearing.  This means I will present my proposed dissertation research to my committee and seek approval to move forward into the data collection and analysis phases.  Proposals  generally include the “first three chapters” of a dissertation.  These chapters are typically an introduction, a review of literature, and a research plan including methods of data collection and procedures.  Below you will find a sample from my proposal as well as the presentation I will be using when I present it to my committee.  Enjoy! The following study attempts to… Read More

Designing Your Digital Stamp: Resources for Higher Ed Students, Educators & Future Employers

I have the immense privilege of serving alongside some incredibly talented individuals on the ACPA Digital Task Force.  I wanted to share a recent post by a member of my subgroup, Jason Meriwether, of the “Informed and Responsible Engagement” team.  Our goal is to develop resources for both students and educators on how to promote positive, productive and healthy engagement online.  The following post by Jason talks about student’s digital stamp, or self-presentation online, and how educators might help students navigate this.  The original is posted here. by Jason L. Meriwether  Last week,… Read More