Showing posts with label Research. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Research. Show all posts

Monday, October 29, 2018

How to Make a Facebook Live Video - How to Use Facebook Live as FREE Webinar Software


I am a Zoom Fan, but sometimes I like removing barriers for those who want to access my martial (Open Educational Resources, right?)! So, for the past few months, I've been a user of Facebook Live for free webinars for my other blog and also to communicate with my students through the Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI). 

Video Example 1 - Data Analysis - Comparing Public Health Initiatives for #Thanksgiving for California and Texas!



Video Example 2 - Social Media Data Analysis and the Social Presence Theory with National Agencies in Two Countries


Here's a quick video focused on some behind the scenes Facebook permissions to help you collaborate with others to present live stream video for your Facebook viewers. 

In this video, you will learn how to share your screen during a Facebook Live session. It is almost like having FREE webinar software for your Facebook page. It is easy to promote and stream live via Facebook. 


What are your Facebook Live Tips?

Interested in a specific student success topic or do you need a speaker for an upcoming conference? Contact me via direct message on Twitter or join our Student Success Communication and Technology Institute on Facebook!

Thanks for visiting! 

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards
Higher Education Speaker and Researcher

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My Research Interests: Customer Service and Social Media, Higher Education Retention, and Millennials at Work

Monday, October 30, 2017

Congratulations to the The Paul P. Fidler Research Grant Winner - National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


This year, I worked with a team of individuals from my university to write a grant focused on the experiences of senior-year college students who are seeking post-graduation employment. Unfortunately, the proposal was not funded, but I am excited to see the results from the other researchers who submitted proposals!

The winner of the Paul P. Fidler grant from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition was Mauriell Amechi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His study titled “Our Stories (Un)Told: Community Cultural Wealth and the College-Going Experiences of Transitioning Youth in Foster Care". His study will “address barriers associated with college choice and enrollment for populations in foster care.” We look forward to his exemplary research and the contributions he will make to the knowledge base on students in transition. Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear more about your research!

The other finalists for the 2017-2018 Fidler Grant were:
Linda DeAngelo of the University of Pittsburgh: “Self-efficacy in the transition into and through the first college year for women engineering students”

Ryan Hudes of Seton Hall University and Katherine Aquino of Manhattan College: “Student-College Matching Tendencies and Mobility for Students Transferring Within Four-year Institutions”

Cindy Ann Kilgo and Lauren Bennett of the University of Alabama: “Examining TRANSition: An Overview of Inclusive Practices to Support Transgender Students’ Success in College”

Kim McAloney of Oregon State University: “What am I Doing Here?!: An FYE Course in which first generation college students study first generation college students”

We received some great feedback about the grant and we cannot wait to revise!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Congratulations to the The Paul P. Fidler Research Grant Winner - National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


This year, I worked with a team of individuals from my university to write a grant focused on the experiences of senior-year college students who are seeking post-graduation employment. Unfortunately, the proposal was not funded, but I am excited to see the results from the other researchers who submitted proposals!

The winner of the Paul P. Fidler grant from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition was Mauriell Amechi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His study titled “Our Stories (Un)Told: Community Cultural Wealth and the College-Going Experiences of Transitioning Youth in Foster Care". His study will “address barriers associated with college choice and enrollment for populations in foster care.” We look forward to his exemplary research and the contributions he will make to the knowledge base on students in transition. Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear more about your research!

The other finalists for the 2017-2018 Fidler Grant were:
Linda DeAngelo of the University of Pittsburgh: “Self-efficacy in the transition into and through the first college year for women engineering students”

Ryan Hudes of Seton Hall University and Katherine Aquino of Manhattan College: “Student-College Matching Tendencies and Mobility for Students Transferring Within Four-year Institutions”

Cindy Ann Kilgo and Lauren Bennett of the University of Alabama: “Examining TRANSition: An Overview of Inclusive Practices to Support Transgender Students’ Success in College”

Kim McAloney of Oregon State University: “What am I Doing Here?!: An FYE Course in which first generation college students study first generation college students”

We received some great feedback about the grant and we cannot wait to revise!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Monday, February 27, 2017

10 Ways Faculty Can Remain Innovative After Tenure


After achieving tenure, most faculty members think that they are finished! However, the work REALLY begins when you receive tenure. To help tenured faculty members with remain innovative, here are "10 Ways Faculty Can Remain Innovative After Tenure".

1 - Mentor a Tenure-Track Colleague
Mentoring is very important and it can help you remain informed about the newest research in your discipline. Also, your tenure-track colleagues have the most energy and you have the most experience - MAKE IT WORK!

2 - Dedicate a Specific Amount of Time Each Week to Research Something New
It is important to remain excited and informed about your field of study! Take time to research something new and to find out the most recent research in your field! Share with your tenure-track colleague(s)!

3 - Make Friends with the Librarians!
The librarians order books and they can let you know when a book, resource, or a database that is relevant for your discipline arrives at the library.

4 - Join a University Committee
Committees are time consuming, but they can also help you connect with your faculty and student affairs colleagues on campus. Through these committees, your experience can impact the outcome of the committee and can impact university decisions. In addition, through this committees, you can help your students and colleagues gain opportunities and partnerships on campus.

5 - Write Grants to Expand Your Research
When you write a grant, you can include additional travel funding, request course releases, and receive operations/maintenance funding for your project. Include a tenure track faculty member and students on the proposal as well!


6 - Write a Book Contributing to Your Discipline
The after-tenure journey is a great time to write a book (or two) to share your knowledge with others. Depending on your personal goals, you can partner with a publisher (potentially less money) or participate in a Amazon publishing agreement (potentially more money).

7 - Create Your Own Research Institute/Leave Your Legacy
When you create a research institute or initiative on your campus, you are leaving your legacy. Remember to include other faculty and undergraduate/graduate students on the proposal. Also, the research institute can keep you accountable for your research.

8 - Participate in a Study Abroad Experience with Other Faculty and StudentsStudy abroad experiences can definitely impact student and faculty success. Also, these experience can help you renew your motivation for your research and your field of study!

9 - Work with Undergraduate ResearchersWhen you form your own team of undergraduate researchers, you gain a group of eager students who are excited about learning more about you and your research. Find some mutual research interests and set up a research plan for these groups of students. There are many publication outlets for these eager researchers (and you)!

10 - Remember to Document Your Progress on Your CV and Social MediaYou never know when you will need to pull a list of your current (and past) projects. Remember to document these important projects on your curriculum vita and on your social media outlets.

Have a great week! Thanks for visiting the Millennial Professor Blog!

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Searching for a Long-Term Academic Relationship (LTAR)


Relationships change, friendships evolve, and values are reaffirmed. The past sentence defines my life for the past six years. When I began my academic career, I had a core group  of academic friends at the institution. However, when lives changed and mindsets evolved, our academic lives drifted apart.

Thinking Back to the Sorority Days

I have to remember that this was a similar experience that I encountered with some of my sorority sisters after college. We had a lot in common when we saw each other each day and were completing college together, but when we began our career paths we discovered how different we truly were.

Focusing on Today

So, the differences. Yes, they are definitely evident now. I am no longer on the tenure track, I am almost an associate professor and my academic value systems changed from a faculty research focus to a student research focus. Everything that I do now focuses on helping our students navigate college while integrating high impact educational practices from their first-year to their senior year. 

Thinking Beyond Your Department

Just because you share an academic discipline and work on project together does not guarantee a long-term academic relationship (LTAR). A LTAR is strengthened when we participate in those high-impact relationship building activities like study abroad, text messages sent to encourage one another, a spontaneous coffee/tea invitation for a 30 minute walk around campus, and a telephone call just to let the other academic know that you are thinking of them.

Encourage Others by Thinking Positively

My past academic relationships have been VERY transactional and research and project-based. Now, I can say that these relationships are based on common experiences (away from the university) and shared (encouraging) conversations. We also encourage one another by discouraging any negative conversations about other people. These conversations can taint your views of others and the time that you spend gossiping can be allocated to conversations about family or classroom innovation ideas.

I am much happier since I realized that relationships in my 30s need to be long-lasting and based on common experiences and common mindsets, not purely transactional. Sometimes you just have to let friendships wither away, this can make you open to new (and better friendships).

Have a great day and keep thinking positively! Thanks for visiting the Millennial Professor Blog!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards
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Monday, August 29, 2016

4 Easy Ways to Incorporate Research in University Courses!


While planning for the upcoming semester, I incorporate a large assignment on my syllabus. This large assignment was an important assignment for the undergraduate students as well as the graduate students in my courses in the Communication Studies Department at Tarleton State University. 

When Periscope became a new technology utilized by many companies last summer, I decided to incorporate the technology in my course to expose the graduate students to a potential technology that can be implemented for a company or organization.

Step 1 - Creating the Assignment

Then, I created the following assignment description on my syllabus:

Group Research Paper - Topic: Internal Communication and Businesses/Corporations/Organizations and Public Social Media Spaces

Brief Description – This semester’s research study will focus on internal communication occurring in public social media spaces among organizations (companies, associations, corporations, non-profit orgs., etc.) and their employees/members.

A - Each component of this paper will be due on specific dates (as indicated on the syllabus calendar).

B - Each group member (groups of 3-4 individuals) is required to significantly contribute to the production of the paper. Each group member is responsible for contributing significant comments on the Google Document each week to sections for which their name is not assigned. Group members who do not contribute each week will receive a grade reduction for that particular week.

C - Please remember to submit questions by 4pm on Friday. Questions submitted after 4pm will not be answered until Monday morning.
Each component of this paper will be due on specific dates (as indicated on the syllabus calendar). 

D - At the end of the semester, each group will submit their research paper to a scholarly research journal and conference.

The Dilemma

Sometimes, students have a difficult time selecting companies or organizations that coincide with the requirements of the assignment. This is a dilemma for me, because I am function as the consultant for the research groups and I like to provide options. 

The Solution

On a whim, I decided to provide the lists of the top Texas companies, universities, colleges, state agencies, etc. to the graduate student groups to see if they would be interested in utilizing these lists as the selected organizations for their research study. They did! Each group selected a different list and it was a great combination between my undergraduate student researchers and my graduate student researchers!

2 - The Structure

Each week, the assignment focused on a different aspect of the research paper:

RESEARCH PAPER
Total:150
Part 1 – Purpose Statement, Problem Statement, Research Questions (10%)
15
Part 2 - Review of the Literature (15%)
22.5
Part 3 - Theoretical Framework (10%)
15
Part 4 – Research Methodology/Survey (15%)
22.5
Part 5 – Results (15%)
22.5
Part 6 - Conclusion & Implications (15%)
22.5
Part 7 – Suggestions for Further Research (10%)
15
Final Submiss. – Abstract & Journal Submission/Letter (5%)
7.5
Final Submiss. – References (5%)
7.5

3 - The Foundation

The students ROCKED their presentations and I was very proud of their progress and their research. The student presented their research on Periscope. In fact, we had a night of research presentations at Periscope.



4 - So, what? Implications...

The presentations were uploaded on YouTube and the students also plan to submit their research for publication as a well. More to come! If you know of a great publication outlet for social media research, please let me know!.

Have a great week! Thanks for visiting the Millennial Professor Blog!

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Millennial Professors Like Gold Stars!

Earlier this week, I started feeling like I have not conducted any research or published any scholarly work. This morning I started having a NEW ATTITUDE!

I have accomplished the following this semester (so far):Delivered both a keynote and workshop presentation for a conference.
Wrote an article for a national trade publication (for women).
Wrote a grant for a local organization.
Four newspapers have featured me in an article.
Created a new course for my department.


The next time that you feeling accomplishment deprived, write a list. Sometimes it is helpful to see your accomplishments in front of you.

In addition, I JUST received a certificate of appreciation for my keynote speech last week. Wonderful! I have another item to add to the growing portfolio.

Yes, millennials like gold stars... or certificates of appreciation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Great Debaters: A Historical Female Star Passes Away!


Henrietta Bell Wells, a Pioneering Debater, Dies at 96

Mrs. Wells, the only female debater on the Wiley College debate team, died recently. As a former high school debater, I was enamored with the fact that a major motion picture was released about a debate team at a historically black college. I actually attended Wiley College for a semester and I learned a lot from my short experience at an HBCU.

It is very ironic that Mrs. Wells passed away after the movie was released. I am very glad that such a phenomenal woman had the chance to see the movie about her life at Wiley College.

Read the article - Henrietta Bell Wells, a Pioneering Debater, Dies at 96

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Top 10 Ways to Deal with a Rejection Letter from a Publication


Today, I start the revisions of one of my submitted manuscripts. I received my first rejection letter before Christmas and I have not touched the document since that time. As I stated before, the first rejection letter is the worst and then the scholarly journal rejection process gets better.

I think that the best way of dealing with a rejection letter is to:
1. File the rejection letter and reviewers' comments away for awhile
2. Reflect on the process (perhaps write your reflection in a blog) :)
3. Search for another journal
4. Dig up the rejection letter and comments
5. Print and read the comments
6. Make revisions
7. Reflect on the revisions (perhaps write your reflection in a blog) :)
8. Read the document a few more times.
9. Submit the document to friends, family, and former dissertation advisers (perhaps a writers club)
10. Submit document to the selected scholarly journal.

I am actually in the fifth stage and I hope to progress through the sixth and seventh stages over Spring Break. The deadline for the new journal is April 15th. Wish me luck.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Research Updates - The Unexpected Interlibrary Loan Prayer



A few weeks ago, I ordered a book through the Interlibrary Loan system entitled, "Getting Tenure" by Marcia Lynn Whicker, Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, and Ruth Ann Strickland.

Yes, the book seems interesting. However, I experienced a lot of coincidences while reading the book.

1. The first coincidence was that the book was from my undergraduate institution. I have ordered many books through the interlibrary loan system, but this is the first one from one of my former institutions.

2. The second coincidence occurred when I turned to page 65. The subtitle on this page was, "Being Denied Tenure". Sometimes I can be a pessimist, but someone inserted a small sheet a paper that read:

The Power of Prayer
The day was long, the
burden I had borne
Seemed heavier that I
could longer bear;
And then it lifted -
but I did not know
Someone had knelt in prayer;
Had taken me to God that very hour
And asked the easing of the load,
And He, in infinite compassion,
had stopped down
And taken it from me.
Someone had prayed - how
often hearts
Find sudden peace and rest,
Somewhere a prayer, - and Mercy
Yields lovingly to Faith's request.

I guess that I needed it today, because for the past few days I have graded papers! A unexpected prayer sometimes makes the tenure track process a little easier.
Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Get Motivated & Goal Setting 2008!


While visiting my mother this weekend, she stated that 2007 was the year of completion and 2008 was the year of new beginnings. I decided that 2008 was going to be my new beginning. I am going to get motivated to write at least 10 articles this year (you should too)! Attention people who are reading this blog, we should keep each other accountable. I will post the backwards plan for articles that I need to publish this semester and you can do the same by replying.

WE WILL FLORISH this semester! I always have some great article ideas, but no time to write. We WILL write this year! My dissertation chair is holding me accountable for writing/presenting 1,000+ articles/workshops in my academic career. Won't you please do the same?



Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Grading Updates - Grades are Submitted!


I just submitted my grades (thank goodness)! BTW - Please let me know if you are visiting my blog.

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Sincerely,


Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards


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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Another Article - Submitted for Review


I have submitted yet another article for review by a student affairs journal. This article is focused on an issue that I passionate about. The racial integration of social sororities. I gathered information from participants who attend a predominately white institution.

I am also interested in the topic, because I am an African American member of a predominately white sorority (in the south).

We shall see the potential impact (or lack thereof) of the article.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My Review of New Professor Mentor Website

Good morning!

I just wanted to share this link with you that I found on the Around the Academy/New Professor Mentor website - [the link is no longer available]

I listen to the podcast weekly (even though they are taking a small break during December) and it has helped me tremendously! I become more knowledgable every week by listening to Julie Ann McFann, Ph.D. talk about the current news in higher education.



Monday, December 10, 2007

IRB Applications - I am CLEAR for TAKEOFF!


My four IRB applications have finally been approved. I am quite surprised because it only took about a week - thank goodness! Now I don't have any excuses, I HAVE to do research.

WebCT Issues - This semester, I had a bright idea of posting a grading rubric and typed comments for each student in my class on WebCT. This has been quite interesting, yet very time consuming. This has also functioned as a strong source of accountability for me, because both the students and I have a copy of my comments.

I should write an article about WebCT for a distance learning journal.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The First Blog Post on Millennial Professor


Writing my first post as an ALMOST post-doctoral researcher. I defend my dissertation next week on Monday, June 18th and I am PRAYING that everything goes well.

In this blog, which I plan to keep updated at least twice every week, will feature my current research projects, items that I find interesting in the higher education field, and some of my articles.

Have a wonderful week. Again, pray for my defense (literally) and I will give all of you an update.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

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