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Big Blue Network Overview

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From the archives (2010): A look at using the Big Blue Network online community for incoming freshmen at the University of Kentucky to drive increased student retention and success.

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Big Blue Network Overview

  1. 1. Social Networking for Student Retention & Success at the University of Kentucky Christopher S. Rice, Ph.D. University of Kentucky
  2. 2. @ricetopher
  3. 3. #ConnectU10
  4. 4. <presentation>
  5. 5. The Birth of The Big Blue Network Photo (cc) 2009 Flickr User Chealion
  6. 6. Social Media Media which leverages Web 2.0 internet technologies to build participation and connectedness around a topic, product or cause.
  7. 7. Social Media is... •Participatory •Open •Conversational •Communitarian •Connected
  8. 8. (cc) 2005 Flickr user ocherdraco
  9. 9. The Revolution (cc) 2008 Flickr user daskar
  10. 10. 72% of online adults 18-29 use social networking sites Source: Social Media &Young Adults (Pew 2010)
  11. 11. 73% have a Facebook profile Source: Social Media &Young Adults (Pew 2010)
  12. 12. What’s a and why do I want one?
  13. 13. Big Blue Network
  14. 14. NetworkBlue (Ning) Tools • Activity streams • Blogs • Chatwalls • Video (YouTube, Slideshare) • Photos (diagrams, Flickr) • Groups • Threaded Discussion Forums • Ubiquitous Chat • .mp3
  15. 15. http://networkblue.uky.edu @NetworkBlue BigBlueNetwork.tumblr.com Find us on
  16. 16. GOAL: Increase student retention & success rates by:
  17. 17. (cc) 2007 Flickr User Code Poet Harnessing the power of social media to build community around issues
  18. 18. (cc) 2007 Flickr User kcolwell Engaging Digital Natives where they already are
  19. 19. Social Media Benefits • Enhance peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and advising programs on campus. • Provide a platform for student leadership activities and opportunities (College Ambassadors, SGA, K Crew, etc.) • More easily facilitate building communities of practice and communities of scholars within and between departments and colleges. • Get faculty involved in online campus social life, faculty mentoring, provide communities of practice around web 2.0 tool adoption.
  20. 20. engaging Faculty
  21. 21. engaging Staff
  22. 22. engaging Students
  23. 23. ~3300
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  25. 25. Listening (Can you hear me now?) (cc) 2009 Flickr user Beverly & Pack
  26. 26. Summer Transition (cc) 2009 Flickr user GeekMom Heather
  27. 27. Identity Management (cc) 2009 Flickr user Matthew Burpee
  28. 28. Engage around issues of Student Success (cc) 2008 Flickr User M00by
  29. 29. Building Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) (cc) 2005 Flickr user ciro@tokyon
  30. 30. Learning Management System (cc) 2007 Flickr user billerickson
  31. 31. Lessons Learned (cc) 2007 Flickr user Lumaxart
  32. 32. (cc) Flickr user Chris Shiflett Avoiding “Creepy Treehouse” Syndrome
  33. 33. © 2009 Michael Speaks Student Leadership is the Key
  34. 34. Why do we have The Big Blue Network? (PS, I’m already on Facebook!) (cc) 2008 Flickr user PhotoJonny
  35. 35. (cc) 2007 Flickr user uncleboatshoes Spies Like Us
  36. 36. The Horror of the Backchannel!
  37. 37. Futureshocked Faculty (cc)2008Flickruserelvenenoo2.0
  38. 38. Build an Online HQ! (cc) 2009 Flickr user cindy 47452
  39. 39. Conversation not Broadcasting (cc) 2009 Flickr user Coffeeshopchat
  40. 40. Social Media & the Future of Higher Ed
  41. 41. What would a Social University look like? image (cc) 2008 Flickr user publicmind
  42. 42. (cc) 2007 Flickr user Dominicʼs pics
  43. 43. How open do we want to be? (cc) 2007 Flickr user Orin Zebest
  44. 44. (cc) 2005 Flickr user Stitch
  45. 45. </presentation>
  46. 46. (cc) 2008 Flickr user merezha @ricetopher christopher.rice @uky.edu facebook.com/ ricetopher SL: Ricetopher Freenote EduFuturist.com

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