My Digital Resident & Visitor Map

I’m putting together a session for college and community leaders on digital platforms and professional development. It’s a short session – I only have 30 minutes.   Additionally, there are pre-set criteria for the session that essentially boil down to requiring an experiential adult learning experience. In short, I need to offer a taste of something larger and…

A Post-IT Post

A post-IT post before I leave Newark. During my  panel presentation at #WCET16 this AM, I heard some colleagues slip into tech-first talk, despite the fact I had been espousing a pedagogy-first perspective (and they had been nodding vigorously) for almost an hour. To make matters worse, some of them would start sentences with pedagogy and…

The Problem with the EduSocMedia Lit: A presentation for WCET 2016

Tomorrow, Laura Pasquini, Ron Hannaford, and I will be presenting at the WCET Annual Meeting on methods, practices, and implications of Social Media Research. This came about because Ron, Director of Distance Learning at Biola University, was inspired to coordinate a panel to address the fact that higher education institutions need empirical data to direct…

Selfies & avatars as a form of reflection

Recently, I’ve spent much time and energy  discussing the pedagogical merits of blogging: a practice that supports skills such as social networking; providing and receiving feedback; developing a sense of audience; and creating a searchable, filterable, organizable record of thinking and growth over time. Alan Levine talks about this last benefit all the time – he can…

Coding and the Adult Learner

I have done a significant amount of coursework in adult learning. I’ve read the canon. I’ve taught classes to other educators on adult learning.  I’ve published a chapter. Furthermore, I’ve been accused of being an adult learner. In the first year of my doctoral program, a random faculty member stopped me in the hallway to shake…

Reflections on (Im)perfection

When I talk about blogging with students (or faculty) who are just starting to blog, someone almost always asks “how do I know what’s good enough to share?” It’s a great question. I ask it of myself almost every single time I sit down to write a post. It seems to me that the question reveals…

Digital Presence: A Scheduled Chat with Ken Bauer’s Students

Tomorrow, Lee Skallerup and I will be speaking to Ken Bauer’s #iTec Digital Identity course, a five day bootcamp on digital identity for undergraduate students at Tecnológico de Monterrey on…you guessed it – digital identity.  Ken has put together a stunning lineup – Dave Cormier, Bonnie Stewart, Alan Levine, Amy Burvall, and Autumm Caines – and…

Why I’m going to stop listening to generic career advice

This week I’ve decided that I’m done listening to generic career advice because, frankly, very little of it is applicable to my life. I was reading a Thesis Whisperer post earlier this week that pretty much reduced me to tears.  Don’t get me wrong – if you are a generalizable early academic career woman, it’s a MUST…

The other side

Anyone who reads Thesis Whisperer knows about the inevitable letdown that occurs when a student finishes their PhD.  Last week’s post by Lara Skelly about breaking up with her dissertation was particularly insightful regarding the post-dissertation condition. She describes the feelings of loss, the surprising inadequacies of having other people “being proud” of your accomplishments, and the fact…

Reflections on #Edusocmedia Research: A Sunday morning post

For the last two months, I have been working with Laura Pasquini and Jessica Knott on a systematic review of the educational research on the use of social media in the higher education classroom (#edusocmedia).  The history of this review significantly pre-dates my two month-long involvement. In fact I was brought in for only one…

The kids are watching

Even before my second daughter was born, I knew she would be a lot like me. Her spirit and I understood each other from the beginning. When I announced to my husband that her name would be Lindsay, it was her decision more than mine; she had told me what to call her in a dream, and it…