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21 Tips that will CHANGE your COLLEGE LIFE!

21 Tips that will CHANGE your COLLEGE LIFE!

It’s a rainy but exciting day! It’s official; I am finally here. As my parents and I are unloading the car that holds of all my belongings, I am looking around at the place that I will call home for the next 5 years. I walk through the front doors of Berks Hall where I am greeted by several Desk Receptionists and Community Assistants. I check in and receive my key and “welcome to KU packet”.  I am sweating, but who cares! I made it! I am officially a college student. What else do I need?! This was me five years ago. I stepped onto the land of Kutztown and couldn’t wait to see what the college life had in store for me. What’s one thing I wish I had? Tips for college. My brother went to college, but we are completely […]

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Sleep is Neat (And Makes Your Community Better)

Sleep is Neat (And Makes Your Community Better)

Recently I was averaging going to bed at 2:00am and then waking up at 8:00am. That’s what about 6 hours of sleep every day of the week. ahhh, not good! In fact, it was so “not good” that I was sick over the entire Easter weekend while I was supposed to be relaxing and enjoying the sunshine with my family.  I am one of those people who works their butt off and stays up all hours of the night and then wakes up early in the morning to do the same exact thing.  Even though self care is an important thing that I’m always reminded about, it seems that I never remember about it until I get sick from being drained and working too hard. Why should I have listen to all of those individuals who were always reminding me […]

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Newsletter: November 2010

Newsletter: November 2010

As the month of November wound down to a close, we found ourselves reflecting on the things for which we are thankful. In a world of increasing digital noise, we are most grateful for the meaningful relationships and serendipitous discoveries that new technologies can bring. Stay tuned—in the next few months, we’ll be unveiling new ways that the *|MMERGE3|* Directory can help build and strengthen those connections. When NMSU graduate student Anton Magallanez told students at Fall Orientation about the new NMSU Directory, he later blogged, “Their replies: ‘Sick!’ and ‘Oh nice, that makes sense!’” Now, Anton is teaching two undergrad classes, and he’s using the Red Rover First Year Experience Curriculum to educate his students about online identity. After all, helping students develop positive digital identities sets them up for success in an increasingly digital age. To follow his progress, check […]

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Connecting at Georgia Highlands College

Connecting at Georgia Highlands College

Here at Red Rover, student engagement is pretty much our raison d’être. From the moment a bright-eyed high school kid starts thinking about admissions essays, through the college years and beyond, we want to provide the tools and opportunities for students to get involved—to build relationships, to contribute, and to be successful. That’s why we do (metaphorical) synchronized cartwheels when we hear real-life stories of students using the Red Rover Student Directory to connect on campus. This month we learned that Highlands Interactive Productions (HIP), the student activity programming board at Georgia Highlands College, saw attendance for a group retreat increase 25% after using Red Rover to reach out to new students. In the words of John Spranza, Director of Student Life at GHC, “When I received the email notification that someone had joined [HIP] on Red Rover, I responded […]

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The First Year Experience Curriculum

The First Year Experience Curriculum

Although the vast majority of first-year students are using Facebook and Myspace, and spending a great deal of time on the web, many still aren’t familiar with the web tools that are most conducive to enhancing their education. Helping students develop positive digital identities sets them up for success in an increasingly digital age – after all, Google is the new resume. Our First Year Experience Curriculum is a web technology curriculum plug-in for instructors. Use it “as is,” or scale it up/down to fit into your FYE seminar. We’ve split the curriculum up into three themes: 1) Digital Identity, 2) Networking, and 3) Contributing. Within each theme, there’s a lesson plan component that can either stand alone as the lesson plan for any given seminar meeting, or as part of a larger lesson plan. In some cases, there is more than […]

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Your New Best Friend, Social Networking in the First Year Experience (Part 4)

Your New Best Friend, Social Networking in the First Year Experience (Part 4)

Comfort is curing the loneliness that inevitably comes with moving to a new peer network. Some evidence suggests that the brain may even process social exclusion using the same circuitry as physical pain. Loneliness hurts.

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Your New Best Friend, Social Networking in the First Year Experience (Part 3)

A values debate that might lead to learning, about what is useful or appropriate, gets confused with simple fight about control of technology. High schools ban cell phones. Higher education fumes about behaviors it sees as unwarranted risk, unjustified by student benefits that are often dismissed as “not real”. Overvaluing control, prevents the institution from recognizing other possible institutional values, like connection and mentoring, in the new technology.

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Your New Best Friend, Social Networking in the First Year Experience (Part 2)

Your New Best Friend, Social Networking in the First Year Experience (Part 2)

The following is the second draft slice (here’s part one) of an upcoming curriculum supplement I am writing for Bedford / St. Martin’s press. Long time readers of this blog will recognize these ideas.  Swift Kick, and Red Rover, have been focused on social capital and engagement for sometime. As the overall curriculum comes together, we’re tying all of the pieces into one framework. Your comments, as always, are highly appreciated.   The Dance Floor Theory Engagement Model Engagement is essential to progress at every level of the student success pyramid. If the student is engaged, then they will, at whatever pace they need, find success. Achieving engagement is a responsibility of both the institution and the student – it’s a combination of the design and the learner. Engagement as a term, and goal, is much more useful than other […]

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Your New Best Friend, Social Networking in the First Year Experience (Part 1)

Your New Best Friend, Social Networking in the First Year Experience (Part 1)

All technology must be connected to the goals. We have good theoretical models for the first year experience. Let’s use them to frame and analyze technology initiatives.

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At Student Orientation, Don’t Forget About Bridging Social Capital

At Student Orientation, Don’t Forget About Bridging Social Capital

The Bystander Effect is a well-known psychological study conducted by Bibb Latane and John Darley that grew out of the stabbing death of Kitty Genovese in 1964 while eyewitnesses looked on but did nothing to help. According to Wikipedia: …individuals are less likely to offer help in an emergency situation when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely proportional to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Robert Putnam’s famous book on the collapse of the American community, “Bowling Alone,” notes that buried in the Bystander Effect research is also the finding that the amount of social capital within a group plays a large role in determining if someone will help or not. The greater the social capital, the […]

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