How to Use Google+ Hangouts in Higher Education: Distance Learning With Social Media

I teach a digital media marketing class that’s about a hundred miles away from my office, so this semester I tried an alternative to traditional “distance learning.” Rather than driving on campus every week or prepare stale lectures, I utilized the power of Google+ Hangouts to facilitate half of my classes this semester. Class participation increased dramatically because students were free to chat, tweet or share their feedback without fear of being put on the spot. Every class lecture or discussion is archived and available on the YouTube Channel. More than two-thirds of my students reported improved class engagement and satisfaction from using the Google Hangout classroom. Specifically in this post, I am going to walk through the steps that will help you utilize Google Hangouts in your classroom, but the steps outlined here can also be used for any business, academic or extracurricular purpose. In case you don’t make it all the way to the end…

100 Reasons Why You Will Never Be Great

We all make excuses. We have found it easier to make excuses for why we “can’t” than motivation for why we “can.” Whether starting a new business venture, creating something noteworthy or doing something that’s never been done, we have a tiny voice that critiques us before we even start, so we don’t. I once heard a story of a father that told his daughter of all the potential things that would happen when she was on a date. He told her if a boy ever puts his hand on your leg, the way to respond. He “programmed” all of the triggers and the appropriate responses. Like second nature, she knew how to respond without thinking. We need to know our responses when that tiny voice starts chopping at our knees. I’ve developed a list of the top hundred excuses as to why we “don’t.” Maybe it’s right; maybe it’s…

Look Ma, I got a ‘B’ in Blogging

Here’s the checkup: ‘better, but still needs improvement.” After spending the last 60 days working on  regular blogging, I had a conversation with Mark Schaefer and asked “so, Mark what suggestions would you give me to make me better?” Mark’s response resulted in a post that he put on {Grow}. I agreed to not steal his thunder, but here is the summary specifically as it applied to me. ‘Sweat the Headline’ – Spend twice as long working on the interesting, attention-grabbing headline as writing the post. While the SEO guy in me wants to write keyword-rich headlines, the reality is that most of my quality traffic is referred through social networks, so for me, it is important to write a headline that is interesting. Earn the Right to Write – I think this is great advice for me. As an old boss used to tell me regarding my voicemails and…

Twitter Follow Friday (without duplication)

If you are new to Twitter, you may scratch your head with all of the #followfriday tweets. This is an organic tradition where you list the people that you enjoy following and want to share with others. You can track everyone’s suggestions, by using this Twitter search. In addition, you can make the search more sophisticated with advanced search. For example, in this search, I am looking for all suggestions in Knoxville. More importantly, whenever I want to make #followfriday suggestions, I often forget if I have suggested someone before. SO, I run this simple search before tapping out my tweet: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=+%22%23followfriday%22+from%3A<TWITTERID> You can use this search by simply replacing <TWITTERID> in the above URL with your own twitter id. Some Twitter traditions (and yes I avoided twitteritions) are dull, but I enjoy this one as a compliment to the people that you follow. Also, you can use the suggestions…

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