Student Digital Identity

Reclaiming your online narrative header - Taylor Swift Embrace the Snake: Taylor Swift and Reclaiming Your Online Narrative - Nowadays, news trends through hashtags instead of just sound-bites. It’s easier than ever to keep track of current events by checking out Twitter’s “Trends for you Sidebar.” The right hashtag can be educational, uniting people under causes and allowing people to track news about specific events or people Unfortunately, not all hashtags are created equal. […]
Digital Soft Skills Header 4 Digital Soft Skills College Freshmen Need to Succeed -   Welcome to college, class of 2021! A time of excitement and anxiety, independence and responsibility, and more late night burrito runs than I’d like to admit. I remember the night before moved in: I didn’t sleep. I tossed and turned to the point that I made myself sick. Sick with the excitement and anxiety […]
Empowered to Unplug - I teach a course at Florida State University called Leadership in the Digital Age. This course is part of the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies – housed under the Leadership Learning Research Center – which I also serve as a research associate. In my course, I apply the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and […]
#Hired: Digital Reputation Advice for the Class of 2017 - Congrats to the class of 2017! Whether you are graduating with your bachelor’s degree, receiving your masters or even a high school diploma – the job market has changed since you started your program and how you can leverage social tools for your career advancement. This is a good thing!  This is the third year I’ve written […]
Digital Wellness Toolkit for College Students - Technology is part of our lives – every single day. College-aged students have been found to spend upwards to half of their day online. So, the digital leadership education programs I provide to students include skills for healthy technology use. Last year I wrote a post called Cultivating Digital Wellness Skills in College Students, which included […]
Cultivating Digital Wellness Skills in College Students - How did you feel the last time you looked at Facebook vs Instagram vs Pinterest? What emotions and experiences are common when you log on?  When was the last time you left your phone at your house or in car – knowing you wouldn’t be able to get to it later in the day? What […]
Love, Lies and Identity in the Digital Age (Book Review) - I have a confession. I have one TV show that I still watch on MTV. A guilty pleasure, called Catfish: The TV Show. I could argue that it is because the context fits into my research and writing. But sometimes – it’s just pure entertainment and intrigue. Urban dictionary defines a Catfish as, “someone who […]
Student Transitions, Stress and Social Media - How can theories created twenty years ago help educators understand student development through a digital lens? I recently used Nancy Schlossberg’s (1995) Transition Theory as part of my dissertation to do just that. This theory looks at identity through transitions and the perceptions one has during them. I wondered during my research, would Schlossberg “like” social […]
Digital Reputation Advice for the Class of 2015 - Congrats to the class of 2015! As a recent graduate from my doctoral program, I share in your relief – as well as anticipation – about what is next post graduation.   Digital communication tools like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have tracked our progress, the highs and the lows of papers, projects, and milestones.  Diploma […]