Greetings colleagues and students,
It is with a great deal of excitement that I get to share with you a remarkable opportunity of which we’re all about to be beneficiaries. The Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair State is bringing Reynol Junco to campus as part of the Provost’s speakers series. For those of you who don’t know him, Rey is arguably one of the nation’s foremost social media scholars and focuses his research and publications on the effect that social media have on student learning and cognition. He is also a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, an active higher education-focused blogger, and a colleague with whom I’ve collaborated a number of times.
Upon hearing the good news that Rey was coming to Montclair State to deliver an address to the academic community, I approached my VP with a request that she sponsor the second half of Rey’s day and allow us to have a lengthy discussion focused on the Student Academic Services side of the house. The result is an afternoon session entitled “Inside the Educator’s Studio” — and 90 minute event that will be part interview and part Q&A, focused solely on the intersection of social media and higher-education from a student engagement perspective. If you’ve ever wondered what research shows about the real effects of Facebook use on student learning, this is an event you won’t want to miss. If you’re interested in engaging your students, in and out of the classroom, with Twitter, then you’ll definitely want to attend this event. Even if you’re skeptical about navigating the largely uncharted waters of student engagement through social media, this conversation will be well worth your time.
For those of you on my campus, Rey joins me in encouraging you to attend: September 27, from 2:30 to 4:00 in the Fox Theatre
For those of you not on my campus… stay tuned as there might be an opportunity to “tune in” from remote locations (hint hint)