Presenting at #AIMHO 2016 Today…

I’m pleased to be presenting at the AIMHO 2016 conference alongside my esteemed colleague, Rachel Aho from the University of Utah. In this session we’ll be discussing aspects of research and practice that relate to the developmental challenges and opportunities college students face online. The theoretical underpinnings of this session are drawn from my qualitative study of college students and emerging adults.

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

What Does Digitized College Student Development Look Like?

A good friend and colleague, David Kasch, presented a paper at the ASHE conference back in 2011 where he attempted to analyze/categorize developmental theories by their narrative patterns.  Some theories represent linear patterns, whereas others are continua, and still others follow intersectional or vector patterns.  The above graphic is a modification of David’s original concept, but should give you an idea as to what these patterns look like.  If you’re familiar with student development theory, it’s highly likely you can quickly grasp which theories fall into which categories.

Presenting at University of Delaware Today…

I have the privilege of sharing my time and space today with the staff and students at the University of Delaware.  There are two workshops I’ll be giving which are both revamped presentations with a lot of new content arising out of my research.  Hopefully you will find the information helpful as well. In particular, one topic that has gained significant salience for me in the past couple months is the extent to which social media can impact and distort reality–ultimately impacting our behavior and self esteem.  The “pursuit of the like” is… Read More

Video Introducing “Digitized Student Development Theory”

What do our college student development theories look like when we give them a digital update? How might social media be changing the ways students develop and understand themselves? What are the implications for college student educator practice? The following was originally presented at the 2015 NASPA Convention as a part of the SAspeaks series.  This video gives you a preview into the preliminary results of my doctoral research…