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

7 Tips To Finish Your Dissertation Without It Finishing You

I came across this GREAT SlideShare from Wiley promoting their book by Joanne Broder Sumerson, Finish Your Dissertation, Don’t Let It Finish You.  Although I cannot vouch for the book itself, having not actually read it, this slick little piece of marketing material hits the nail on the head.  If you or someone you love are working on a dissertation, here are some tips that you can share.

This was my dissertation proposal hearing… [VIDEO]

As many of you know, a couple of months ago I had my dissertation proposal hearing.  For social science dissertations, after one completes their first three chapters, they present it to their committee for approval.  The first three chapters typically include an introduction, a review of literature, and your methodology (how you intend to conduct your study). The proposal hearing, at least in our department, involves a brief 10 minute presentation by the student followed by feedback and Q&A with the committee (typically three faculty members).  This portion lasts as long as… Read More

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

Writing or Revising Your College’s Social Media Policy? Here’s a List of 250+ of Them

Originally posted on techKNOWtools:
During the course of my dissertation research, a few events connected to the scope of my study, and directly to the social media documents I was gathering.  I ended up building a database of 250 post-secondary education (PSE) institutional guidelines and policies to completely understand HOW the PSE sector is ACTUALLY  “guiding” social media. More importantly my research uncovers the organizational identity and cultural values of social media among 10 different countries. {More to be shared post dissertation defense June 12, 2014.} If you are interested in either…