It’s amazing what we can do with a series of ones and zeroes. Modern technologies consisting of databases connected to interfaces that deliver functionalities that improve our day to day lives. The creative and imaginative ways in which we make meaning, offer services, engage, and even make predictions for future success are all predicated on a variety of technology-based solutions. In higher education, our use of technology has always run in step with the world around us. From the days of old when punch cards held reams of research to the present day when information is stored in data-rich, mobile accessible clouds, the student experience is directly connected to an institution’s technology.
Update: My slides are now embedded at the bottom of this post.
On Friday, December 11 I’m speaking at Princeton University as a featured speaker for Princeton’s Social Media Day. My talk will be on “Why Your Digital Identity Matters*.” Additionally, I’m participating on a panel on social media and journalism for media makers on Thursday, December 10th. This will be my second time visiting Princeton University as a speaker and I’m excited to get to come back to share my thoughts with Princeton’s staff, students, and faculty.
Social Media Day at Princeton University is a campus-wide event designed to engage, educate and empower faculty, staff, students and alumni to learn about best practices, trends, tools and tactics in the effective use of social media. The event will include prominent digital leaders and alumni, representatives from multiple social platforms and members of the University community who will facilitate discussions, panels and workshops for students, faculty and staff. A few of the topics that will be covered include:
- How to use social media effectively for personal and professional branding
- Ways you can leverage or build communities and networks
- Taking social to the next level within the Princeton community
- Using social for research, teaching, the arts, entrepreneurship and more
*More info on my Why Your Digital Identity Matters talk:
Digital communication has fundamentally altered the core tenets of professional interaction. Gone are the days when our professional and personal lives were separated into two distinct halves. Nowadays, a comprehensive digital presence showcases your ability to blend professionalism with your holistic self. Social media provide opportunities and challenges for individuals as they strive to create a personal brand that is both vulnerable, authentic, and professional.
Update: My slides from #SocMedHE15 are now included at the end of this post.
Sheffield Hallam University is hosting the Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference on 18 December 2015 (pre-conference is on 17 December). With more than 60 presenters on deck to discuss all things related to teaching, learning, engagement, and social media, this promises to be one heck of a conference.
I’ll be kicking things off on December 18th with a keynote on the disruptive nature of social media and the opportunities for extending our networks for learning.
#SocMedHE15 is about the use of social media for learning in Higher Education; it has been designed to create a forum for academics, their students, developers and strategic managers to consider the opportunities, challenges and the disruptive influence of social media for learning. The conference will be structured around three themes allowing us to explore the pedagogic possibilities of social media, as well as the strategic and operational challenges institutions face in supporting it. The title of this year’s conference is:
“Finding Our Social Identity”
Additionally, the new Star Wars movie comes out on December 18th. It’s basically going to be an epic day. Bonus Star Wars gif after the break…
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