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Subscribing to Podcasts using iTunes March 17, 2010

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One Week of Twitter :: #FYE1220 February 11, 2010

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Our Two Weeks One Week of Twitter assignment begins on Tuesday, February 16, and will end at midnight on March 2 February 23. Your blog post about this experience count as Blog Post #4 for this class.

BEFORE Class on Tuesday, February 16

First, Learn a Bit About Twitter

  1. Watch Twitter in Plain English.
  2. Listen to my Twitter: What’s in it for me? presentation.
  3. Listen to Laura Fitton discuss Twitter for Business (optional).

AFTER Class on Tuesday, February 16

Setting Up Your Twitter Account

  1. Go to Twitter. Click Get Started, and sign up. I prefer it if you use some version of your first and last name as your Twitter ID. (Avoid putting numbers in your Twitter ID, or you may appear like a spammer.)
  2. Upload a photo or avatar.
  3. Write a brief (140-character or fewer) bio. It’s good to mention that you’re a PR student.
  4. Send a tweet saying “I’m a student in @barbaranixon’s #FYE1220 class”. (Use the correct number for your class.) Be sure to include the #FYE1220 indicator, with no spaces between the hashtag (#), letters and numbers.
  5. If you haven’t already done so, complete my form that tells me your Twitter username before midnight on Tuesday, February 16.

Setting Up Your Following List

  1. Follow all of the people or organizations in my Twitter Starter Pack for FYE Students.
  2. Follow all of the people in our FYE 1220 class.
  3. Follow as many other people as you choose.

Using Twitter

  1. Over the course of the next week, send at least twenty tweets (Twitter messages of 140 characters or less). Tip: Rather than tweeting that you’re having ramen for lunch, instead consider what might be of interest to your classmates and followers. Perhaps point others to something interesting or funny you read online. Share a fact you learned in a class. Maybe you could even pose a question that you’d like others to answer.
  2. In addition to the twenty tweets that you originate, respond to at least five of your classmates’ tweets. To respond, click on the arrow after a tweet. Or you can type the @ symbol followed immediately by a username (such as @barbaranixon).

Additional Information

  1. Review my tips on how college students can use Twitter to their advantage and Choosing Whom to Follow on Twitter: My Strategy.
  2. Review Prof. Sam Bradley’s College Student’s Guide: Twitter 101.
  3. I find using the web interface for Twitter to be clunky. I prefer using TweetDeck, a free Adobe Air app that works great on PCs and Macs.
  4. I’ll occasionally post information on Twitter and use the hashtag for your class (either #FYE1220). By using this hashtag, I’m indicating that I want students in this class to pay special attention to the tweet.
  5. OPTIONAL: If you’d like to publicize your blog posts via Twitter, you can it automatically in WordPress.

Blog About Your Experience

After the week is over, add a 250-word (minimum) post to your blog about the experience and what you got out of it. Include a link to your Twitter profile (here’s mine). Be sure to include at least one way you might find value in continuing your account in Twitter. Your blog post about this experience count as Blog Post #4.

Questions? Just send me a DM (direct message) or an @ (reply) in Twitter!

NOTE: Many thanks to Kaye Sweetser and Karen Russell for their ideas prompting this assignment.

Early Alert Grades Available February 5, 2010

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FYE 1220 NET Class Members:

I’ve just posted your Early Alert grades in WINGS (for only the Freshmen in the class). Here’s a short key to what the grades mean:

S = Satisfactory ::  You’re keeping up with everything. You’ve created your blog and sent me the address. You commented on my blog during Week One and Three as required. You attended at least two of the live sessions we did in WIMBA Live Classroom (and/or accessed the archives for the class). Great! Keep up the good work.

UG = Unsatisfactory Grade :: No Blog (and if I do not get your blog address before Tuesday at midnight, it will be impossible for you to pass this class)

UP = Unsatisfactory Attendance :: You have not shown up (or accessed the archives) for two or more of our class sessions

UP = Unsatisfactory Participation :: You did not comment on any of the blog posts that you should have during Week Three. (You would have found out about needing to do this through attending the Wimba session and via e-mail from me).

You might also see a combination of letters, such as UGP. That means to combine what UG means with UP.

Is it possible to recover from an Unsatisfactory? YES, it is. There is still a majority of the semester to go.

Is it possible for me to change your Early Alert Grade? No. Your Early Alert Grade will not impact your GPA.

We WILL meet during Week Five for about 30 minutes, starting at 5:00pm, in our Wimba Live Classroom. We’ll discuss your Academic Planning Assignment in more detail during that time. Please have a draft of this assignment completed and available in front of you during our class discussion. (To get to the Academic Planning Assignment, go to GeorgiaVIEW for FYE 1220, then choose Modules. You’ll find it — along with the quiz that is due by the end of next week — in the “Your Academic Future” module.)

See you on Tuesday!

10 Tips for Success on Assignments January 24, 2010

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As we look forward to midterm time has arrived on campus, some freshmen (in many different classes) may be unpleasantly surprised when they see their Early Alert grades. Why aren’t they earning  Satisfactory grades? In my classes, typically it’s because they simply have failed to complete and submit the required assignments.

College expectations and assignments may be different than the ones you completed in high school. Here are several tips that may help you succeed in your assignments.

  1. Read the assignment thoroughly. Ensure that you understand what the instructor is looking for as a deliverable. Not sure? Ask.
  2. Use standard English grammar and spelling. Though abbreviations and lack of capitalization or punctuation may be fine in text messages or Twitter, they are definitely not acceptable in other written assignments. Need help with grammar? Check out Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.
  3. Use spell check. Don’t rely on it exclusively, but do use it.
  4. If there’s a minimum or maximum word or page count, write enough, but not too much.
  5. Consider writing a draft of your assignment for your instructor to review prior to the deadline. (Yikes — check the second definition included in the deadline link.)
  6. Post or turn in your assignment by the deadline. Many instructors (including me) do not accept late work. (See some views on late work at the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website.)
  7. Thoroughly review your course syllabus. Many instructors include a weekly schedule of discussions and assignments. Don’t be surprised if when you ask when an assignment is due, your instructor replies, “You’ll find that in the syllabus.” Check GeorgiaVIEW for due dates if they are not specified on the syllabus.
  8. When taking a quiz or test in GeorgiaVIEW, make sure you are aware what the rules are for using materials to help you take the test, that you know how many tries you have, and how the final score is calculated. (In many of my classes, the quizzes are “open-everything,” at least two tries are allowed, and highest score counts. But that’s just me.)
  9. If your instructor specifies or indicates a preference for fonts and margins, use these when writing your assignment.

Hmmm . . . that’s only nine tips. What is one addition tip you could offer to complete this top ten list? Please comment with your suggestion.

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(Adapted from a post I wrote last year for my FYE 1220 class.)

Getting Started with WordPress January 15, 2010

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So, you signed up for an account at WordPress, and you added an About page. Now what’s next?

FIRST: Let me know your blog address by completing this Google Form.

NEXT: Learn more to create a blog that reflects your personality and style. But how?

Fortunately, WordPress offers many FAQ screencasts to help you with the step-by-step instructions. Here are a few of the best ones to help you get started on the right foot:

And though you may have a good handle on the technical aspects of blogging, remember that the technical side is only part of the blogging equation. Corinne Weisgerber, a professor at St. Edward’s University and fellow PROpenMic member, created this presentation for her Social Media for PR class. The emphasis? How blogging can help you create your personal brand online. Take a look at “Blogging & Managing your Personal Brand.” It’s worth the time.

One Week Down . . . January 11, 2010

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For Prof. Nixon’s FYE 1220 Class:

As of January 15, you’ve now completed your first full week at Georgia Southern University. Take a few moments now and reflect on the following three questions:

  • What did you learn?
  • What surprised you?
  • What do you now want to know more about?

In the Leave a Reply area, fill out the short demographic form (name, e-mail, etc.), and respond with at least one item in each of the three categories. In other words, let me know at least one thing you learned, one thing that surprised you, and one thing you want to know more about. Your answers can focus on college in general or on this Making Connections: Facebook & Beyond course.

Questions?

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Blog Assignment for FYE 1220 January 5, 2010

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Blog posts can be written informally; that is, they don’t need to sound like a term paper. However, there’s still an expectation for proper grammar, spelling and capitalization. If you have questions about how informal is “too informal,” please let me know.
Blog Post #1
Respond to my post (at my blog)
Deadline: September 3
Blog Post #2
Set up your own blog at WordPress
Create an About Me page
Deadline: September 15, before class
Blog Post #3
48 Hours of Twitter Assignment (see details)
250 words minimum
Deadline: September 17, before class
Blog Post #4
Your reaction to one of the Success Series seminars
250 words minimum
Deadline: October 1, before class
Blog Post #5
Blog review (review two or more blogs that are of interest to you)
Include hyperlinks to the blogs
Add at least one tag to the post
250 words minimum
Deadline: October 15, before class
Blog Post #6
Podcast review (listen to at least one hour of podcasts that are of interest to you)
Include hyperlinks to the show notes of the podcasts
Add at least one tag to the post
250 words minimum
Deadline: October 29, before class
Blog Post #7
Your reaction/response to the ropes course (use these guidelines)
Include at least one photo (from our Flickr photo set)
Add at least one tag to the post
250 words minimum
Deadline: November 21, by 5:00
Blog Post #8
Create Your Own Social Media Policy (details coming soon)
Add at least one tag to the post
Deadline: December 3, before class

As the major theme of our FYE 1220 course has to do with making connections with others around us, we will all be blogging this semester to help make and enhance our connections with each other.

Blog posts can be written informally; that is, they don’t need to sound like a term paper. However, there’s still an expectation for proper grammar, spelling and capitalization. If you have questions about how informal is “too informal,” please let me know. Be sure to see 10 Blogging Tips That Will Save Your Life (or Your Grade, At Least) before writing any blog posts.

In addition to writing your own posts, you will also comment on at least three peers’ blog posts (for blog posts 3-7). We’ll discuss ways to encourage conversation through comments before the end of the first month of class.

Blog Post #1 :: A blog comment

  • Respond to my post about your experiences and impressions of your first week at Georgia Southern (here at our class blog)
  • Deadline: January 15

Blog Post #2 :: Blog Set-Up

  • Set up your own blog at WordPress
  • Delete the default “Hello World” post
  • Create an About Me page for your blog
  • Create a Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar)
  • ALSO: Make sure your (name and link to your blog) appear on the FYE 1220 Blogroll (in the sidebar of this blog). If not, contact me. (If I don’t know where your blog is, I cannot read it.) Let me know your blog address by completing this Google Form.
  • Deadline: January 22

Blog Post #3 :: Blog Review

  • Blog review (review two or more blogs that are of interest to you)
  • Include hyperlinks to the blogs
  • Add at least one tag to the post
  • 250 words minimum
  • Deadline: February 19

Blog Post #4 :: Twitter

  • One Week of Twitter Assignment
  • Add at least one tag to the post
  • 250 words minimum
  • Deadline: March 5 February 26

Blog Post #5 :: Podcast Review

  • Podcast review (listen to at least one hour of podcasts that are of interest to you)
  • Include hyperlinks to the show notes of the podcasts
  • Add at least one tag to the post
  • 250 words minimum
  • Deadline: April 2

Blog Post #6 :: Digital Dirt

  • Based on your online research, interviews with peers & professors, and/or personal experience, what advice would you offer to a peer who may be posting inappropriate information online?
  • Include hyperlinks to any online sites you refer to
  • Add at least one tag to the post
  • 250 words minimum
  • Deadline: April 16

Blog Post #7 :: Campus Event Reaction

Blog Post #8 :: Social Media Policy