FREE 11th Annual Texas Social Media Conference - Here's the November Schedule!
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Yes! I am excited! We are getting back into the training and development mode with the Texas Social Media Research Institute (and the Rural Communication Institute)! Are you looking for a FREE conference focused on social media and rural communication? Check out our conference schedule! Tuesday, November 2nd 5pm - Journal Club (Discussing "Reality check: How adolescents use TikTok as a digital backchanneling medium to speak back against institutional discourses of school(ing)." Thursday, November 4th 8pm - #TXSocialMedia Twitter Chat - Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Sweater Weather, and Autumn/Win ..read more
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Engaging Online Students Though a Zoom-Based Journal Club Experience
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This year has been an exceptional year for teaching. We are just transitioning out of a COVID19 time period and our students are ready and eager to engage with faculty! Before the semester began, I made the decision to travel to a Texas State Park. I realized that I write best papers when I am sitting outside in camping chair, cooking lunch with a foldable cookstove, and surrounding myself with the most amazing bug spray ever. So, while I was "in nature", I thought about some out of the box strategies that I could use for the upcoming semester. One of the ..read more
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Three Examples of Interactive Syllabi (Designed with Open Educational Resources from a University Library)
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Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the Open Education Conference. It was virtual and the content was definitely interesting!  My session was held on Monday, October 18 • 3:45pm - 4:25pm and it was titled, "Designing an Interactive OER Syllabus as an Equitable Practice".  During the session, I talked about my interactive OER syllabus and I had the opportunity to network with some amazing colleagues. One of the amazing faculty members from my institution attended as well - shout out to Dr. Trina Geye! I am passionate about open educational resources and I like fact t ..read more
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How to Use Canvas to NUDGE Students to Complete Assignments
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2y ago
I am a TOTAL fan of the "message students who" feature on Canvas. Our university utilizes Canvas as our learning management platform. With this feature, I can message students who... have not completed assignments have not communicated with me have an average below a certain threshold have an average ABOVE a certain threshold have done a STELLAR job on assignments and MORE I use this feature for EVERYTHING! You should definitely try it out! It is free and I've convinced other faculty to use it as well! Check out my book - Retaining College Students Using Technology: A Guidebook for ..read more
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Reflecting on the 2020 Census - My Grant Project Funded By the Hogg Foundation
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In Fall 2019, I was truly fortunate to receive a grant from the Hogg Foundation to promote the 2020 Census in East Texas. Yes, this area includes my hometown county - Panola County, then Rusk County and Shelby County. This was an AMAZING project! Thanks Hogg Foundation! The North East Texas Counts campaign had three goals for the project. Goal one was “to select and train 200 NETX Counts Ambassadors and Junior Ambassadors to tell the importance of the census to the community”. Goal two was “to engage and educate at least 3,000 residents in the tri-county community (especially hard-to-count ..read more
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Use Google Trends for FREE Search Engine Keywords - Great for Governmental and Social Media Communication
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I really like using Google Trends for almost EVERYTHING! I use Google Trends for creating news articles, blog posts, course syllabi, and even when designing graphics! Here's a video that I created about Google Trends - an amazing FREE technology! Exploring Google Trends is one of the best ways to discover social media topics and ideas for posts. Here's a quick video focused on how to use Google Trends for Content Generation. Check it out! You can use Google Trends for everything from education to community engagement. Also, these are great for governmental outreach and engagement as w ..read more
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Contacting Currently Enrolled Students Who Have Not Registered for the Upcoming Semester
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At this time of the semester, many people are wondering if students who attended last semester will attend this semester. Yes, I have been there before!  So, I decided to create email and text campaigns to help remind/nudge students to register for the upcoming semester. This EVEN works during the first week of class as well. Think about the students who left the semester with an "A" or "B" grade point average and never enrolled in the subsequent semester - you need to reach them! Purpose of the Campaign: Contacting Currently Enrolled Students Who Have Not Registered for the Upcoming ..read more
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Teaching Our Students Have to Use the Library's Ebscohost Databases
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Research is VERY important for our students! Each of my classes has a research assignment focused on the library. They are paying for it, they should use it. At least this is what I believe. :)  I always make a training video for our students about the library's databases. Here's this year's video! *** Check out my book - Retaining College Students Using Technology: A Guidebook for Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Professionals. Remember to order copies for your team as well! Interested in a specific student success topic or do you need a speaker for an upcoming conferen ..read more
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About Your Professor - Answering Your Questions (Part 2/2)
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2y ago
Over the summer, I always think about how the fall courses will be better. I always strive to make my courses at least 5% better than the courses the semester before. Course evaluations are important and I want to make sure the students have a great experience, but I also want to have a great experience teaching in the course as well. This means that I write down ideas as I read blog posts, listen to videos, and also as I listen to local/regional/and national news. So, I get EXCITED to introduce myself to a new group of students!  This year, I decided to pre-record TWO videos introduc ..read more
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About Your Professor - Answering Your Questions (Part 1/2)
Millennial Professor - Teaching & Research Focused on Social Media, Millennials and Higher Education
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2y ago
Over the summer, I always think about how the fall courses will be better. I always strive to make my courses at least 5% better than the courses the semester before. Course evaluations are important and I want to make sure the students have a great experience, but I also want to have a great experience teaching in the course as well. This means that I write down ideas as I read blog posts, listen to videos, and also as I listen to local/regional/and national news. So, I get EXCITED to introduce myself to a new group of students!  This year, I decided to pre-record TWO videos introduc ..read more
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