The companion to the Student Social Media Academy:

Chapter 1: Welcome to your Digital Leadership Purpose

Summary of Exercises

This chapter 1 exercise has four parts:
  • Part A: Your Technology Timeline
    Think about what digital tools you used and when as well as how it influenced your life.
  • Part B: Times Technology Played a Significant Role in Your Life
    Reflect on the previous exercise, then jot down the three most prominent examples of technology playing a significant role in your life
  • Part C: Present-Day Technology Tracking
    Think about current relevant platforms—how often you use each tool (if at all), who you do (or do not) connect with, and what you like and dislike about the tool.
  • Part D: Times Technology Played a Significant Role in Your Life
    Reflect back on these exercises, what did you learn? What was difficult?

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Next Steps

Now head to our book community, the Digital Leadership Network found at http://bit.ly/DigitalLeadershipNetwork, and find the chapter 1 topic, where you can share a few of your reflections, discoveries and actions on any of these exercises.

The Digital Leadership Network is a community of learners reading the book Digital Leadership in Higher Education.

Chapter Resources

This rewind of my path of technology adoption outlines major shifts in tech tools over the last 40-plus years. Use my timeline as a jumping-off point to reflect on your own relationship with technology.

Josie Ahlquist

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Rebekah Tilley

Assistant Vice President, University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Rebekah Tilley is the assistant vice president of communication and marketing for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA). In that role she supports fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for the university, including its CASE Gold winning Iowa Magazine, and serves UICA in a variety of strategic communication efforts.

Previously she was the director of strategic communication for the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, and the director of communication for the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a Kentucky native and a proud alum of the University of Kentucky.

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