Thursday, April 30, 2015

Student Success Seminars for Student Success and Retention

I am always on the lookout for new student success programs and services that would benefit universities in Texas. Each week, I receive a notification when a new program or service is featured in the press and this one really caught my eye!

The article "Student Success Seminars Aim to Motivate Students" is focused on student success seminars (not just workshops) focusing on different interventions to help students succeed in their coursework and in their life at the university. This is a neat approach focused on the "total student" both in their academic life and in their extra curricular life.

These are some of the topics featured in their series: App Academy, Chill Out, and my favorite "Finish in Four: 640 Days". This is absolutely a neat, informational approach for universities that I look forward to replicating!



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Call for Attendees and Proposals - Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference (C5)

Here's a neat opportunity from Texas-based Cisco College!

Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference (C5)
Cisco College will again host a conference in the Spring of 2015 dedicated to faculty members and their classrooms, providing educators with a chance to come together and share successful teaching strategies.
The Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference is pleased to invite proposals that illustrate best classroom practices and innovative teaching techniques related to the following areas:

 Critical Thinking
 Communication Skills
 Empirical & Quantitative Skills
 Teamwork
 Social Responsibility
 Personal Responsibility
 Assessing the (New) Core

The conference will be held May 21 & 22, 2015, at Cisco College’s Abilene Educational Center in Abilene, Texas. 
The goal of the conference is to provide faculty members with as many learning opportunities as possible to expand their knowledge of teaching techniques. Although faculty members from all public two-year and four-year institutions are welcome to attend, the conference will focus on the special budgetary restrictions and practical needs of faculty at community colleges in Texas.

Conference flyer and registration form are attached.
Debra Slaton
Chair, Dev. Studies & Education
Cisco College
101 College Heights
Cisco, TX  76437
254-442-5187 Cisco       325-794-4505 Abilene
Fax:  254-442-5100/Attention: Debra Slaton
Dream hard!!

The Smart Choice for Your Future!                   

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What Does Your #HigherEd Handwriting Say About You?

I am a HEAVY writer and my print is bold and wide. Look at the infographic listed below. How do you think the faculty, staff, students, administrators, and staff perceive your writing? Perceptions exist, but it is always great to know about potential perceptions ahead of time.

What Does Your Handwriting Say About You Infographic

Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Repackaging Your Web Content for Reaching Target Student Groups - 6 Steps for Effectively Packing Content You Already Have (Ruffalo Noel-Levitz)

One aspect of higher education for which I have recently developed an interest is recruitment of target student groups (and their parents) and social media/new media content marketing. 

The Ruffalo Noel-Levitz blog posted an article titled, "Content Marketing for Higher Education: Six Steps for Effectively Packaging Content You Already Have". These six steps are generally listed on the graphic listed above, but each of them make sense for the higher education environment.

The process seems rigid, but again I am not responsible for content marketing. Each step made sense and I cannot wait to modify this process for our retention model (internal content marketing) for our current students!

Enjoy! - @drjtedwards

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A List of Commonly Utilized Communication Theories - Plus My Favorites!

I am always on the lookout for great communication theories to incorporate in my classes (graduate and undergraduate communication classes). Here are some of my favorites:

Attribution Theory

Cognitive Dissonance

Communication Privacy Management Theory


Expectancy Violations Theory

Face Negotiation Theory


Social Judgment Theory

Uncertainty Reduction Theory

Here's a list of all of the Communication Theories from the "A First Look at Communication Theory" book -

Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU

Thursday, April 2, 2015

#NASPA15 Revisited - Capturing the Real Time Moments from the Conference!

I always like to revisit the tweets that I posted to the @drjtedwardsTSU account during a conference. This is my first time to create a Storify from my tweets and I am excited to have this archive of my posts. 

I also made these great Quote Cards to capture neat ideas from the conference. Please feel free to use them! Enjoy the posts listed in the Storify at the end of this post. 

Please contribute any comments and ideas below!

Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU