Category: Reflection

  • Thoughts on Backward Design

     This post will be less organized than most posts; some of these thoughts and ideas are still a little raw. Backward design – the method by which one begins with the desired end result(s) of an educational program, determines acceptable evidence showing that the result(s) has been achieved, and then creates a plan to teach…

  • “Best” Practices?

    In a recent blog post releasing a (very nice!) infographic about “Best Practices in Using Twitter in the Classroom Infographic,” Rey Junco writes: I’d like to point out that I’m a real stickler about using the term “best practices.” It’s a concept we toss around a lot in higher education. To me, a “best practice”…

  • Growing Beyond an Established Digital Identity

    I have run into an unexpected and interesting issue.  Although I am not as far along with my dissertation as I would like to be, I have decided to hit the job market.  Some of the jobs to which I am applying are not directly related to student affairs and technology, the primary topic of…

  • Little Things DO Matter

    I’ve never liked the trite phrase “don’t sweat the little things.” I have no argument with the general idea that you should spend most of your time on the large, important things. But I reject the implication that the little things aren’t important and not worth spending time on. It offends my passion for detail…

  • I Don’t Trust This Article – And Here’s Why

    On Friday, a colleague pointed out a new article on Mashable that is titled “Why Tablet Publishing Is Poised To Revolutionize Higher Education.” I don’t trust the claims made in this article. I’m going to explain why I don’t trust the claims, not to convince you that my opinion is correct but to give you…

  • Thumbs Down for CBS News NSSE Article

    There are many different angles one could take in reporting on the 2011 NSSE Annual Results; it’s a dense 50-page report. I know that every group has its own agenda and every reporter has his or her own personal interests but it’s very disappointing that CBS News chose the snide headline “Business majors: College’s worst…

  • Fun Time of Year: NSSE Annual Results Released

    The 2011 NSSE Annual Results were released today. I don’t want to focus on the content of the report in this blog post. Instead, I am briefly noting how fun it is to work on a project with a large impact that regularly receives attention from the press (even if some of the attention is…

  • Two Quick Observations Regarding Online Community

    I’m buried in work and research but I have two thoughts dancing on my mind and they’re both related to online community: I hate when websites or tools list reader comments in reverse chronological order i.e. newest messages first. I finally figured out why I hate that: It makes it very difficult to view the…

  • Quick Update: NSSE/EDUCAUSE Partnership

    (I’m working on a longer post but I keep getting interrupted by life so this short post will have to do for now.) I’m super excited that I’m going to the 2011 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference next month in Philadelphia to work with EDUCAUSE staff and members to develop potential questions for the next version of…

  • Confessions of an Uninvolved Student

    This is a further development of thoughts that occurred to me as I read and responded to John Gardner’s latest post. I have worked in student affairs and I have a Master’s degree in that field. I am a PhD Candidate in one of the world’s best higher education programs. I work at the National…