Posted on May 29, 2014 by Paul Gordon Brown
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.
Posted on May 18, 2014 by Paul Gordon Brown
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.
Posted on April 1, 2014 by Paul Gordon Brown
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
Posted on March 15, 2014 by Paul Gordon Brown
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.