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 have been reduced down to one tiny (very powerful) machine.

Technology Is A Tool, NOT A Learning Outcome

All too frequently, we become enamored with the bells and whistles of technology without taking a step back to examine our goals for using it.  Bill Ferriter, of the Center for Teaching Quality, created the following image to demonstrate how learning to use technology can be conflated with learning what technology can enable us to do.  It provides an excellent reminder that as educators, although it is important that we teach students about how digital tools work, it is even more important that we enable and empower students to explore and use these tools to… Read More

Playing Around With Concepts Of College Student Digitized Self-Authorship

Although not the specific focus of my research, it nevertheless occurred to me that some of the behaviors I noticed students exhibiting in my research followed well known and well established developmental patterns.  As a thought experiment, I tried to map some of these behaviors to the classic developmental theories of Marcia Baxter Magolda and Robert Kegan.  This graphic was the result of this experiment.  It is VERY much in draft form and subject to my evolving understanding, but I wanted to put it out into cyberspace for feedback and thoughts about… Read More

Themes (Part 2): The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators

This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.  Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part 2: Themes On Professional Competencies and the Student Affairs Philosopher King Also check out Josie Ahlquist’s series for an excellent alternative take on the topic.   In the previous post, I provided an overview of the Technology… Read More

Overview (Part 1): The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators

This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.  Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part 2: Themes On Professional Competencies and the Student Affairs Philosopher King Also check out Josie Ahlquist’s series for an excellent alternative take on the topic.   The exciting news last week was that ACPA and NASPA released the revised “Professional Competency… Read More