SPOTLIGHT: Achieve Inbox Zero with UnrollMe

We all get newsletters, promotions, and list-serve emails sent to our inbox every day.  Remember that one item you bought from that one website one time?  Now you get their daily emails.  It’s information overload. Sometimes managing the email glut is as simple as going through an unsubscribe spree every few months, but other times you want to receive the email but maybe not as frequently.  Or maybe you just want a more efficient way of scanning through it all. Enter Unroll.me.  I’ve been a huge fan of Unroll.me since I stared… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: The TED-Ed Mini-Course Creator

TED-Ed comes from the creators of TED Talks as a means of turning any YouTube video into an interactive lesson.  Choose a video and build discussion boards, multiple choice and open-ended quizzes, and links to additional resources.  TED-Ed is a simple platform with few but straightforward features.  Because TED-Ed lessons are bite-size pieces of content, they are perfect as individual training modules.  You might consider using them in your student or professional staff training efforts.  A lesson on writing learning outcomes?  A lesson on policies and procedures?  Check out the video below for how you… 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

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @JosieAhlquist

Since it’s my first Follow Friday post, it’s only fitting I start with the woman who inspired me to begin this process.  Josie Ahlquist is a Doctoral student in higher education, and a researcher and speaker on social media and college students, particularly as it relates to leadership and student self-presentation online.  Josie shares her knowledge through blogging and is an active participant on #SAchat.  Her website has a wealth of information about college student engagement online. Follow @JosieAhlquist This is a post from my ongoing effort every Friday to highlight interesting and engaging higher education professionals… Read More

What I’m Reading on the Topic of Social Media and Tech

The following are books on topics related to social media and tech are works I’ve either recently read or are on my reading “to do” list… let me know if you have any recommendations!