What Is technology doing FOR us and what is it doing TO us?

I quite simply LOVE this quote.  It comes from Sherry Turkle, a sociologist at MIT, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2004. Turkle is a well-known and respected scholar that has produced some amazing work on the evolving nature of human beings’ relationships with technology.  (See some of my favorite books of hers below.)

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

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…

VIDEO Posted of My #PechaKucha on the Main Stage at #ACPA14

“Digital Identity Isn’t About (A Separate) Identity At All” The video of my PechaKucha presentation on the big stage at the 2014 ACPA-College Student Educators-International Convention, is posted on YouTube!  Woot!  Check out the annotated slide version here.  View it below.  And see more from other presenters here.

Heading to St. LouASHE: The Future in 6:40 Revisited

I’m heading to the Association for the Study of Higher Education national conference in St. Louis this week.  I’m excited to be presenting a Future in 6:40 session with some amazing colleagues.  (If you’re new to all this, you can find out about PechaKucha’s and what’s been done in the past, here.) Here is what we have on deck (Saturday at 12:30 in Regency B) for the Future of Higher Education: PechaKucha #1: Student Development Theory for Cyborgs (Paul G. Brown) PechaKucha #2: The TED University (Ana M. Martinez-Aleman). PechaKucha #3: Billion Dollar Campaigns, Oversized… Read More