To Twitter to Woo: Harnessing the power of social media (SoMe) in nurse education to enhance the student’s experience – An Article Summary

office-605503_1280I am working with some of my nursing students (and learners in general) on using Twitter as extra credit to promote professional development and presence, and suggested this article as a wonderful study for how to use Twitter within nursing education. Thus, today’s #5Papers:

1/ I read Sinclair, McLoughlin, & Warne (2015) To Twitter to Woo: Harnessing the power of social media (SoMe) in nurse education… #NURS761 #NURS840

2/ … to enhance the student’s experience Continue reading “To Twitter to Woo: Harnessing the power of social media (SoMe) in nurse education to enhance the student’s experience – An Article Summary”

Twitter Extra Credit (for graduate and doctoral courses)


I want to thank the many friends and colleagues who provided me feedback on my initial idea for an extra credit assignment for my graduate and doctoral learners on Twitter. After a lot of discussion, reading, and input from some of my students, I finalized the Twitter Extra Credit Assignments for my courses, and want to share them for anybody else who may find them useful.

They generally follow this format Continue reading “Twitter Extra Credit (for graduate and doctoral courses)”

Course Extra Credit Twitter Assignment

less-is-more-791109_1280I am developing an extra credit assignment for my graduate student around Twitter use, and would love some feedback! Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated, as I will hope to make this live for them later this week.

Let me give you a bit of context. I plan to adapt this Continue reading “Course Extra Credit Twitter Assignment”

A Writing Goal, or Goals, for November

DidYouKnowOk, I always have more I want to write about than I have time in which to do it, but now that #DigiWriMo has officially started, insofar as there is anything official with this online writing / sharing / professional development / community-building / creativity-inducing / entertainment / (and dare I say) self-promotion fest, it only makes sense to start at the beginning.

What do I want to do this for? What are my Digital Writing Month Goals? Hmm, thinking of Kirkpatrick’s evaluation work (something integral to one of the courses I am teaching right now at UMass Boston), it is useful to think about the end at the beginning. So, what do I want my December 1 to look like? Continue reading “A Writing Goal, or Goals, for November”

My Actor-Network Paper & Slides at Social Media and Society 2015

I just returned from the Social Media and Society 2015 International Conference in Toronto, and wanted to bring together some of the element from my ongoing work with actor-network theory. My paper was entitled Just What Is Social in Social Media? An Actor-Network Critique of Twitter Agency and Assumptions. Here is a link Continue reading “My Actor-Network Paper & Slides at Social Media and Society 2015”

Where Have I Been Recently?

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While I have not been formally writing here on my blog recently, don’t by any chance think silence = nothing happening. Far from it! In fact, I am more active on Twitter than I have ever been (if you doubt it, just look at my Twitter archive!) and have otherwise been engaging in work with #AdjunctChat and #RNadjunct (both related to needs, supports, and sharing resources related to higher education adjunct / part-time / sessional / temporary higher education teaching assignments), and the Networked Learning Conference 2014 Hot Seats.

All this is in additional to my full-time work as a project manager in clinical education / quality management and my teaching Research Process and Methodology at NYU SCPS.

At this rate, moss will never grow on me, and that is a good thing!!

Research Evaluation Tools for Articles in the Social Sciences (DRAFT)

UPDATED on September 9, 2013:

These tools were again revised, with the current version on my Research Tools page.
Feedback is always appreciated.

UPDATED on August 21, 2013:

Based on some very helpful feedback, I revised these two tools:

As before, feedback will be most appreciated.


I am in the process of creating 2 tools to help my graduate research students assess and evaluate research studies, and am interested in getting some feedback on them. They are:

While I have seen various tools for specific purposes, I have not seen many that were intended for general use in the social sciences. Furthermore, while these cannot be applied to every qualitative or quantitative study in the social sciences, they are intended to be applicable to most of them.

Do these work? Are they helpful? Is there anything major missing or that should be combined, edited, or refined? Any feedback at all will be most appreciated.

Once I finalize these, I will make them freely available under a Creative Commons license.