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Being Good Digital Partners With College Students On #SocialMedia

Originally presented at the Colorado College Personnel Association Conference in February 2016. Discusses the developmental journeys of college students online and how to be good educational partners.

Being Good Digital Partners With College Students On #SocialMedia

  1. BeingGoodDigitalPartners WithCollegeStudents by@PaulGordonBrown
  2. (Turkle, 2004, para 6) “I want to study not only what the computer is doing for us, but what it is doing to us.” - Turkle
  3. CollegeStudents, SocialMedia,DigitalIdentities, AndTheDigitizedSelf
  4. Question Research How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media? @paulgordonbrown
  5. Digital Identity Digitized Development @paulgordonbrown
  6. Digital Identity @paulgordonbrown
  7. We need to educate students on digital reputation.
  8. Psychological Process versus @paulgordonbrown
  9. MarciaBaxterMagolda’s TheoryofSelf-Authorship
  10. Studentexplorationofsocial media. Stronglyinfluencedby authoritiesandpeers. Doesnotunderstandhow onlineandofflineinteractions canimpacteachother. Studentmakesconsciouschoices aboutsocialmediausageandhow itfitsintolifedesires,outlookand goals. Realizesthatonlinelifeisa constantrenegotiationprocess.
  11. DigitalIdentity/ Reputation vs Digitized Development What We Produce vs What We Are What Other People See vs How We See Ourselves Can Be Taught Through Rules vs Must Be Learned Dynamically A By-Product Of Development vs The Developmental Process Itself
  12. DigitalIdentity/ Reputation Digitized Development ReciprocalRelationship
  13. Takeoutyour phones. Openasocial mediaapp. Gotoyour profile.
  14. Whatisthemost numberoflikes and/orcomments youreceivedon somethingyou posted?
  15. Whatdoes mean?
  16. Whatdo smeantoyou?
  17. youreceivealotof s? Howdoyoufeelwhen
  18. Addie discussing the pursuit of Likes: “‘How many Likes did your post get? What does that mean?’ …That number in itself doesn’t mean anything unless you compare it to other posts. Then you get in that whole thing where people start comparing themselves to other people. That really isn’t the best route to go down. Is that what you should be doing whenever you have a piece of content and it doesn’t do as well as someone else’s? What does that say about you?
  19. I personally don’t think that that should be something you take personally. ‘Wow everyone on the Internet hates me.’ I don’t think that should be the reaction but I don’t know that everyone else feels the same way. I know people that have deleted posts because they don’t get enough Likes. I know people who Unlike a photo on Instagram because it suddenly now has a hundred Likes and they’re mad about. That doesn’t make sense to me. You’re thinking about it too much.”
  20. “That number in itself doesn’t mean anything unless you compare it to other posts.” “You’re thinking about it too much.”
  21. SelfEsteem, ExternalDefinition, andPerfectedImages
  22. !
  23. Hallie discussing how social media creates a perfected image… “I think it was cool that [my professor] asked us think about the highlight reel. Do we use social media as a highlight reel of our lives and how many times out of ten would you say that you wouldn't post something because it's not a highlight. And all of us were like, “Oh, all the time.” He was like, “Go through your day. How many things would you post, and how many wouldn't you?”
  24. …I would just encourage [educators] to ask their students about recognizing—not necessarily changing it—but recognizing that what they post, and what other people post, isn't 100 percent their lives. Because there's a lot of times when you think that people have the best life ever because of what they're posting. When in reality they're going through a lot, and probably many similar things that you are, but because they're posting all this fun stuff, you think that their lives are perfect.”
  25. “…in the back of my mind there’s a certain standard of interaction that I get on every single tweet that I don’t want to make sure I don’t drop below.” - Mesut
  29. “That’s what, I assume, [is] causing my greatest dissatisfaction at [college]. Seeing my life in comparison to others.” - Logan
  30. “I definitely think about it more than I should.” - Ashley
  31. “…it’s almost like doing a dance that you can’t be too much of something.” - Liam
  32. masks adance outfits
  33. games playing
  34. Logan discussing the effects of comparison: “Yeah it’s exhausting. I mean I do it all the time and it’s what causes my unhappiness… It’s just things where the comparisons get so intense and I feel like I’m just a constant failure and especially because I’m not really happy with what I’m doing. So I’m like why, I don’t know, just why am I comparing? It’s only making it worse.”
  35. “I've got to keep up.” - Annie
  36. Mesut discussing the positive effects of social media comparison: “I feel I try to engage in more fun things or try and make more of an effort to go have a different experience… It’s almost an extra little push to make me go do something like that just because. Why not? So in that regard I feel it made me explore different opportunities and different—kinda almost a different career path than I thought I wanted to do.”
  37. OwningRatherThan BeingOwnedBy SocialMedia
  38. don’t teach fearwith
  39. don’t teach with shame
  40. Engage with students on social media because we need to understand them in all of their contexts. Be open to a different (not necessarily better or worse) way.
  41. collegesandemployers arelistening
  42. Howwoulda grandmotherreact?
  43. Learn from and with students how to navigate the online environment. Help them avoid mistakes. Help them understand their self- presentation and reputation online. Be a role model.
  44. Charttheirownpath.
  45. making mistakes isbetter than faking perfections
  46. vulnerable be
  47. Understand how social media may impact the developmental process-both in light of current theory and in ways we do not yet understand. Be able to help students understand, navigate and leverage it.
  48. be a good partner
  49. @paulgordonbrown

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Originally presented at the Colorado College Personnel Association Conference in February 2016. Discusses the developmental journeys of college students online and how to be good educational partners.


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