PRESENTATION VIDEO: University Driven Social Media for Engagement

I had the opportunity to present with #SAgrad superstar, Craig Bidiman, on how colleges and universities can leverage social media as a means of engaging their students.  The following video comes from the 2015 NASPA conference and gives a broad overview of the philosophy, approaches, and mindset departments must take to go beyond seeing social media as merely a broadcasting tool and instead as a vehicle for connecting with students.  Enjoy:

Be. Act. Do. Making Choices In Your Online Life.

You interact online and through social and digital media, but do you reflect about how, why and in what way you choose to use these tools? The following is from a new presentation I’ve developed that challenges college students to reflect on three questions: Who do you want to BE? How do you want to ACT? What do you want to DO? I will be presenting this at Ripon College today, but am constantly tweaking it for new audiences.  Take a look at the abbreviated preview below.  The full version, of course, has a lot… 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

The Opportunities and Challenges of a Social Media Residential Curriculum

I had the immense privilege of being one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute talking about how residence life professionals (and actually, any student affairs professional) can integrate social media into their student learning efforts.  I wanted to provide a sample of the slide deck I used as well as some further resources to get you started. To see examples of colleges and universities using social media in creative ways, check out a list of my Higher Education Social Media Spotlights. For attendees: If you want to hear… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Boston College’s Viral Video #BCHappy

In keeping with my goal to re-blog the posts of others that I find particularly interesting or illuminating, I wanted to share the following post that comes from my home institution, Boston College.  Being a researcher of social and digital technologies in the higher education space, I am immensely privileged to be at an institution that is at the forefront of this type of engagement. The following post comes from the blog maintained by the Boston College Social Media Council.  The Council is composed of representatives that utilize social media to promote… Read More