Category: Research

  • Limitations and Lost Nuance: Twitter Does Not Improve Grades

    I’ve watched with interest over the last several months as media outlets and individuals have discussed, blogged, and tweeted a study conducted by Junco, Heiberger, and Loken. Their study reported that a group of students who used Twitter as part of a class earned higher grades than classmates in sections of the class that did…

  • 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…

  • More #sachat analysis: One Illuminating Figure

    Laura Pasquini and I are working on analyzing #sachat data, a follow-up to work I’ve done previously but did not formally publish. Part of our work involves looking at a few other student affairs-related hashtags to help us understand #sachat in context. This figure shows the number of Twitter messages posted with particular hashtags –…

  • Visualizing #sachat Data (First Draft)

    It took me much longer than I had hoped but today I finally finished a first draft of a visualization of some of the #sachat data I’ve been working with: The method of analysis used in this video is dynamic topic analysis (DTA). DTA was developed by Dr. Susan Herring and more information about the…

  • CFP for Articles About Technology and Greek Life

    The editors of Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors are putting together an issue dedicated to “empirical research on technology.” Examples of such research may include: Technology’s effect on fraternity/sorority recruitment Studies regarding the ways alumni(ae) connect online Relationship of technology use and fraternity/sorority involvement Impact of email/twitter/facebook and…

  • Coverage and Prominence of U.S. College and University Wikipedia Articles

    A colleague and I are presenting a paper at ASHE in a few months discussing the content of Wikipedia college and university articles.  The most common comment the reviewers made of our paper proposal was that we did not quite answer the “So what?” question.  In other words, we didn’t quite convince them that our…

  • Framework for Understanding Historical View of Housing Technology

    (This is largely a note for myself.  I had an epiphany while showering this morning and I don’t want to forget it!) I haven’t touched it for a while but for a few years I’ve been working on historical research focused on entertainment and communications technologies in American college and university residence halls. As is…

  • Student and Faculty Use of Technology

    (This is a very brief summary of a paper a colleague and I presented on Monday, March 31, at the AIR Forum in Chicago, IL.  Both the paper and the presentation are available on the NSSE website; please consult the paper or contact us for more detailed information.  We hope to further develop this paper…

  • Current and Upcoming Projects

    (I started to write an e-mail to some colleagues outlining my current and upcoming projects and the e-mail was getting a bit long.  So I’m writing it all out here as perhaps some of you will be interested in one or more of these projects.) Here are my current and upcoming projects, listed in no…

  • Wikipedia As A Lens Into Public Perception of American Higher Education

    A few weeks ago, a colleague (Chris Medrano) and I submitted a paper to the 2010 ASHE conference. The paper is a content analysis of Wikipedia articles covering American colleges and universities.  Chris and I believe that we – higher education scholars, administrators, and policy makers – can learn a lot about what the general…