We All Have One. What Is Your Digital Stamp?

We all have one whether we want to or not.  One’s digital stamp, a term coined by Erik Qualman, is the sum total of everything about you in the digital domain.  One’s digital stamp, sometimes referred to as one’s digital identity, is a key concept that we all must be aware of when we interact online.  It is also a particularly salient concept for the rising generation of emerging adults.  So what is a digital stamp?  One’s digital stamp consists of three components:

How To Create A Successful LinkedIn Profile, In One Easy Graphic

LinkedIn is increasingly becoming an essential tool for maintaining professional relationships and networking.  When I taught a course on the higher education job search, I tried to find a simple, comprehensive guide to creating a successful LinkedIn profile.  There are a lot of them out there, but many are lacking in one area or another.  Well, my search is over and it comes in the form of the following graphic courtesy of the folks over at leisurejobs.com.  This graphic is quite simply the best and most comprehensive I have found.  If I… Read More

My PhD Dissertation on College Students and Social Media Reduced To 96 Quotes

Don’t want to spend the time reading through 300 pages of my dissertation work on college students, social media, identity, and selfhood?  No problem.  I pulled out 96 “quotable quotes” from the text.  Consider it the “Reader’s Digest of Dissertations.”  Wondering why 96 and not… 100…?  I just went through the whole thing until I was done. 🙂

My Dissertation On College Students and Social Media In One 195-Code Word Cloud

Qualitative research requires that one code text (or images, or video, etc.) for themes.  Coding is a process whereby you find snippets of text, highlight and/or excerpt it, and tag it with a word or phrase.  There are a number of different code types, such as close-text, in vivo, etc.  Some can be categories and some can be individual discrete thoughts.  In any event, it is through this coding process that themes begin to emerge.  These themes are what become the basis of your analysis or the theory you construct. I used… Read More

What Does Digitized College Student Development Look Like?

A good friend and colleague, David Kasch, presented a paper at the ASHE conference back in 2011 where he attempted to analyze/categorize developmental theories by their narrative patterns.  Some theories represent linear patterns, whereas others are continua, and still others follow intersectional or vector patterns.  The above graphic is a modification of David’s original concept, but should give you an idea as to what these patterns look like.  If you’re familiar with student development theory, it’s highly likely you can quickly grasp which theories fall into which categories.