Myself and a number of my colleagues from the ACPA Digital Task Force came together to propose a pre-conference session that is intended to help practitioners make sense of the new Technology competency area in the ACPA/NASPA Competencies for Student Affairs Educators. The following post gives a broad overview of the session as well as... Continue Reading →
Social, Digital and Tech Program Picks for the 2016 ACPA Convention
What a difference a year makes! When I started doing these blog posts in 2014 highlighting the tech-related sessions being offered at the ACPA and NASPA conferences, it required a lot more keyword searching and scrolling to compile these lists. Now that Technology exists as its own competency area, the process has become significantly more easy! Click,... Continue Reading →
Simplifying Your Life: The Animated Evolution of Desk Since 1981
It is amazing how quickly our work has evolved in such a short period of time. I came across the following animated GIF on social media the other day (it was originally produced as a video by the team at BestReviews) and it encapsulates this change perfectly. What struck me most is how so much of our lives... Continue Reading →
My Guest Appearance on The Collegiate Empowerment Show
I was SUPER pleased to join Tony D'Angelo on The Collegiate Empowerment Show this week. We had a great conversation about my career and life path, my experience with technology growing up and how I turned that passion into the subject of my research. I hope you'll find it an interesting listen. Tony is... Continue Reading →
Moving Students From Passive Interest To Investment Online
Mike Arauz has a great presentation on SlideShare about the "spectrum of friendships" on social media. Specifically, he asks, "What can brands learn from people who are good at making friends on the internet?" This spectrum can also be applied to the world of higher education where institutions seek to promote students' sense of belonging and... Continue Reading →
4 Things Every New Digital #SAgrad Should Do 2015
It's time for a yearly update! My advice for the digital #SAgrad of 2015... So you've recently started your journey towards a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. CONGRATULATIONS! As a former instructor in a number of these programs, one of the topics I like to review with my students is how they can... Continue Reading →
Social Media Doesn’t Replace The Real World*
*but it can enhance it if used smartly. Usually, rants about how "social media is making us antisocial" and "social media is ruining our ability to enjoy the 'real' world" drive me INSANE. Unfortunately, many who take this track use it as an opportunity to assert some moral high ground.. that by giving up social... Continue Reading →
Checklist: Selecting Technology for Learning [REBLOG]
The following post comes from Laura Pasquini which shares an excellent model for determining how one should go about integrating digital technology into course content and deciding what are the most appropriate approaches given the content and context. Tony Bates’ SECTIONS model is a practical and useful tool to have in your digital teaching arsenal. Read on…
With so many possibilities for digital learning, selecting media and technologies for appropriate course instruction is a very complex process. Although there are a wide range of options in the ed tech realm, pedagogical considerations should always come first. Instructors should reflect on the learning objective and desired outcomes for their subject matter before identifying identifying technological applications for the course.
The SECTIONS model, developed by Tony Bates (2015), is a pedagogical framework for determining what technology, specifically how this technology will be appropriate for instructional approaches. This might include identifying and determining pedagogical characteristics of text, audio, video, computing, and social media. With this framework, Bates (2015) asks five critical questions for teaching and learning for technology and media selection:
- Who are the learners?
- What are the desired learning outcomes from the teaching?
- What instructional strategies will be employed to facilitate the learning outcomes?
- What are the unique educational characteristics of…
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The Time I Presented On My Improbable Love Affair With JetBlue
When I had the opportunity to take the big stage at a recent conference and discuss my philosophy on life, I knew I had to talk about my relationship with JetBlue! And now you can see it, too. It was titled, "My Improbable Love Affair with JetBlue, and What it Can Teach You About Loving... Continue Reading →
Presenting at Indiana State University today…
I have the pleasure of presenting to and consulting with the faculty, staff and students of Indiana State University today on the use of social media in engaging students. Here are some additional resources that may be of use to those in attendance and others. For faculty and staff attendees: To see examples of colleges and universities using... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Remembering the Wisdom of Steve Jobs on His Birthday
When I'm working at my desk, Steve Jobs watches over me. He reminds me to keep things simple and strive for excellence. Since today he would have turned 60 years old, I wanted to share a few of the quotes from him that remind me to stay hungry and foolish.
Social, Digital and Tech Program Picks for the 2015 ACPA Convention
Time for the yearly tradition! A look at the 2015 ACPA conference schedule to identify all of the social media and technology related sessions on offer. There are a lot to choose from this year (including a few go my own... shameless plug). Click on the program titles to find out more. See you in... Continue Reading →
Presenting at SUNY Buffalo State today… and CSPA-NYS…
I'm having a whirlwind couple of days in Buffalo presenting on a number of topics to the faculty, staff and students at SUNY Buffalo State and the professional in CSPA-NYS. Here are some additional resources that may be of use to those in attendance and others. For the Buffalo State attendees: Need to get up to speed on how to use these... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @LauraPasquini
Dr. Laura Pasquini has been a good friend of mine for a very long time... since we worked at Miami University almost a decade ago. Although we didn't know it then, she and I share a research interest in all things Ed-Tech. She's incredibly knowledgeable, travels the world, and maintains a blog where she shares... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: Use Listly for Crowd-Curated Web Lists
List.ly is a social list making and content curation site. If you're trying to crowdsource a list on something (ex. the best photography sites? your favorite eggplant parmigiana recipes? best restaurants in Boston?) then Listly can help. With Listly, you set the topic, and then add links to items you want included on your list.... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →