Excited to be a part of the #ACPAdigital “Informed and Responsible Engagement Team”

Back in July, I was honored to be asked to serve on ACPA-College Student Educators International‘s Presidential Task Force on Digital Technology.  After meeting in person with many members of the team, I can say with confidence we’re on to something new, exciting and different.  In my role with this group, I co-chair the Informed and Responsible Engagement Team.  We recently posted about our work on the ACPA Digital Task Force website.  Check it out below: Introducing: The Informed and Responsible Engagement Team by Paul Gordon Brown and Laura Pasquini | As the student-facing team of ACPA’s Presidential… Read More

3 Tips For Turning Student Social Media Slacktivism into Activism

The viral rise of the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge on social media has started a lot of discussion about what social media activism campaigns mean and what they truly achieve (or don’t).  The ALS Challenge isn’t the first of these types of campaigns to go viral and prompt discussion around these topics… and it won’t be the last.  One of the biggest criticisms leveled against these types of movements is that they represent “slacktivism” (slacker-activism).  Slactivism is social media engagement around social issues  that promote small actions that take little-to-no effort… Read More

The Difference Between a College Student’s DIGITAL and ONLINE Identity (And Why We’re Getting it Wrong)

As you probably know at this point, my research involves college students and how they construct a sense of self in digital and social media spaces.  In conducting this research, I’ve encountered the term “digital identity” frequently.  I’ve used it, and some of my doctoral student colleague friends have written about it (including Paul Eaton, Josie Ahlquist, and Ed Cabellon).  What I haven’t often found is a clear consensus on what “digital identity” means in a student affairs or college student educator context.  As I’ve furthered my own research, being perfectly clear on this concept (at least… Read More

Applying Bronfenbrenner’s Student Development Theory to College Students & Social Media

Tweet (One of my colleagues and friends, Paul Eaton, wrote a great blog post about Bronfenbrenner’s applicability to online/social media spaces.  I also wanted to have a go at the topic, so I purposely didn’t re-read his post until after publishing this one… and there’s agreement… but with a twist… read on…) Urie Bronfenbrenner‘s theory of ecological development is a commonly taught theory in college student development courses.  Although it was developed prior to the existence of the web, it nevertheless represents a highly useful tool for understanding the impact of the web on human… Read More

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.