The companion to the Student Social Media Academy:

What the Class of 2020 Doesn't Know about Social Media

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At the 2016 ACPA Annual Convention I had the privilege of being part of the Pecha Kucha program. Below I share the result of this talk, called What the Class of 2020 Doesn’t Know about Social Media.

This talk expands the narrative for the incoming freshman class, telling the stories of youth who will have grown up with technology tools like social media since elementary school. Tools like YouTube videos and Facebook Feeds have been at their finger tips since the age of eight. They’ve documenting middle school experiences through Instagram, and most recently Snapchatted their way through high school. Student Affairs professionals also have a technology adoption timeline that is woven into the Class of 2020. Collectively, there are things we know and don’t know yet about social media required for leadership in the digital age.

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

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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.

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