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

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.

Experiment Using Social Media in the Classroom (After The Article)

Twitter Bird

Last week, StudentAffairs.com published a piece I wrote entitled, An Experiment Using Twitter in Teaching a Student Affairs Practicum Course, in their Journal of Technology in Student Affairs.  (Please check it out and let me know what you think!)  In one of the later paragraphs of the piece, I wrote about my plans for teaching with social media in the future.  As many of my students will tell you, I like to try one or two new “teaching experiments” each semester.  Usually these experiments involve some kind of technology or social media… Read More