3 Takeaways from Presenting Internationally on SATech/EdTech at American University in Dubai

I had the incredible privilege of presenting on technology and social media to the student affairs staff at American University in Dubai (AUD) last week.  Presenting internationally comes with its own set of opportunities and challenges, particularly as it relates to talking about social media and technology.  I wanted to share three takeaways I had in preparing to present and presenting to the staff in Dubai.

YikYak: Promoting cultures of bullying and sexual violence on college campuses

YikYak is a new social app released earlier this year that is quickly becoming popular amongst high school and college students across the United States.  Its goal is to serve as “a local bulletin board for your area.”  It uses geolocation on one’s smartphone to allow one to post short statements that are broadcast and searchable by other users in the immediate area.  Users can also “vote up,” “vote down,” or reply to posts.  All of these posts are anonymous.

Social Media Triple Threat for the Class of 2014 Job Search [REBLOG]

Originally posted on Josie Ahlquist:
LMU Graduation. Photo Credit: Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht I write this post to the class of 2014 college graduates.  Putting in four years to earn your undergraduate (or five…or six) I’m sure ready to go put that degree to work!  You have the grades, the extracurriculars, internships, and even great references.  But in todays fiercely competitive economy there is no guarantee that you’ll even get an interview. Nope, many of those times I listed above are given.  The leadership roles, high GPA, service projects, etc.  Still nothing. I have…

Digital Identity Is NOT About (A Separate) Identity At All

My research passion is about college students and how social media and technology impacts the developmental process. Unfortunately, I’ve found a lot of the discourse in student affairs around this subject to be lacking. When you attend a conference session or read a thought piece centered around this topic, they often focus on marketing, technological tools, and their use, rather than what’s occurring at a more theoretical or fundamental level. If articles and sessions do focus on student development, it is often on the byproducts of a larger developmental process rather than on how technology may be changing the… Read More

University in the New Millennium: Threats, Opportunities and Change

I’m excited to be presenting on one of my research passions at the 2014 national conventions of both ACPA-College Student Educators International and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. My session on the future of higher education (see below) is something I’ve presented on before, but I’ve been able to update this presentation with about 50-60% new content as my understanding of the topic has evolved.