Presenting at the #OLCinnovate Conference Today…

  I’m in New Orleans this week to present at the 2016 edition of the Innovations in Blended and Online Learning joint conference presented by OLC and MERLOT.  Known as OLC Innovate for short, this conference brings together some of the best minds in online and blended learning.  Both sponsoring organizations are leading the field and I’m proud to be a part of it.  I’ll be presenting two sessions, one opening mini-keynote that will be a lightning talk (similar to a PechaKucha) and a second, longer, featured session on my research into college student learning… Read More

DOWNLOAD MY DISSERTATION: College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self

I am happy to finally make my entire final dissertation available for all to download and read.  This document represents some of the first qualitative research into how traditionally aged college students use social media and its impact on their development and how they construct identities online.  If you want a more detailed description, I’ve included the abstract below. Interested in downloading it?  In addition to the dissertation now being available on the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database, I’ve also made it available as direct download here from my website.

#ACPA16 Presentation: Digitized Student Development, Social Media, and Identity

I’m pleased to be presenting the results of my dissertation research at ACPA this year.  This presentation provides a broad overview of my study, its findings, and implications.  This is one of the first times I am presenting this material in public and I am super excited about it.  If you want to learn more, I’ve included the program abstract and learning outcomes below along with a copy of the presentation slides I will be using.

Presenting at the Colorado College Personnel Association Conference Today…

I am excited to be joining my professional colleagues in Colorado for the annual Colorado College Personnel Association Campus.  The theme of this one-day drive-in is “Professional Development in the Digital Age,” so it’s very appropriate that I attend and engage.  I will be giving the Keynote in the morning and will alter be serving on a panel entitled, “Developing Your Student Affairs Digital Toolbox,” with Matt Birnbaum, Matthew Brinton, Jeddiah Cummins, and Colleen Sonnentag. Below you will find the slide deck I am using for my Keynote.  It is one of… Read More

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