Listening In On And Making Sense of the NASPA Yik Yak Backchannel at #NASPA15 #YY15

As someone who researches social media and the higher education environment, it is rare that I come across an example of something that points the microscope inwards towards the behaviors, actions, thoughts and attitudes of higher education and student affairs professionals themselves.  At the NASPA conference this year, that exact thing happened.  (It also happened at other professional conferences this year, but none as big… nor reported on…) After viewing some of the comments posted to the social media app Yik Yak (an anonymous geo-location commenting tool), the Chronicle of Higher Education posted this… Read More

#NASPA15 Presentation: Flipping Out: Concepts of Inverted Classrooms for Teaching and Training

One of my fellow faculty members in the Merrimack College Higher Education Program, Susan Marine, and I collaborated to create a session about the concept of flipping learning environments.  Susan is using an example from her teaching and I created an example for a training event.  It is appropriate for both faculty and professions.  Come join us and/or follow the twitter back channel #SAflipped! Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:30pm – 3:20pm Convention Center R02 Abstract Flipping is a relatively new and innovative approach to teaching and training enabled by new new digital technologies.  The flipped… Read More

#NASPA15 Presentation: University Driven Social Media for Engagement Not Just broadcasting

Craig Bidiman and I are combing forces for a program session at the 2015 NASPA International Convention.  This session is intended for all levels of professionals who want to learn about how to utilize social media tools strategically to engage students.  Come join us and/or follow the twitter back channel #SAsocial! Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:00am – 10:50am Convention Center R02 Abstract Departments and student affairs professionals are increasingly being called upon to create social media presences and to engage with college students online.  These efforts can reach towards important outcomes including student engagement and… Read More

#NASPA15 Presentation: Towards A Digital College Student Development Theory

I am proud to be selected as one of this year’s SAspeaks presenters.  SAspeaks talks are similar in style to TEDtalks.  They are meant to be short (no more than 15 minutes) and focus on one main idea.  This year I am doing an SAspeaks based off of my continuing research on the impact of social and digital technologies on college student development.  In this talk I lead the audience towards understanding what digitized selfhood may look like.  I hope you’ll join me, but if you are unable, it will be video… Read More

Social, Digital and Tech Program Picks for the #NASPA15 Convention

And now for part two of the yearly tradition, a run down of all the technology-related program sessions at the upcoming NASPA conference.  I will be presenting/co-presenting a few (and by few, I mean six… lol).  Check them out below. In case you missed the round-up from ACPA, it is here. See you in New Orleans! Monday, March 23 8:30am – 9:20am Blogging Bravely: Thoughts, Tips and Advice from the Blogosphere 213 – Convention Center Perceived Benefits of Participation in the “Class of” Facebook Pages Grand Salon – (21) – Hilton 10:00am… Read More