About reyjunco

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  • Biography: Rey Junco is an Associate Professor and the Director of Disability Services in the Department of Academic Development and Counseling at Lock Haven University. Rey Junco’s research focuses on using emerging social technologies to help engage and support college students. His books include Connecting to the Net.Generation: What higher education professionals need to know about today’s students and Using emerging technologies to help engage students. As part of the Net.Generation project, Dr. Junco conducted a large multi-institution survey of student technology use. The Using emerging technologies volume explored, in much more detail, research-based topics such as using social networking sites to help engage students, technology to improve student retention, using blogs to improve student’s writing and marketing skills, and how technology can both help and hurt student mental health. This blog is dedicated to issues related to using social media in higher education.

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Using Social Media in Student Affairs: An Evidence-Based Approach #ACPA14 Slides

Posted by reyjunco on April 3, 2014 in Presentations |

Here are the slides from the talk I gave this past week at the #ACPA14 conference in Indianapolis. The talk is loosely based on a chapter from my upcoming book Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs

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Heading to Iowa

Posted by reyjunco on April 1, 2014 in Commentary |

I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position as an associate professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University starting this summer. I’ll be teaching and advising students in the Student Affairs graduate program. Many of you who follow this blog know that I started a new position in the Purdue University Libraries […]

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Texbook analytics: A new way to do learning analytics

Posted by reyjunco on October 17, 2013 in Research |

Today at the EDUCAUSE 2013 conference in Anaheim, I unveiled new research on textbook analytics. Textbook analytics are an emerging subcategory of learning analytics, which is the use of student-generated data to predict learning. These predictive analytics promise the ability to identify at-risk students and to help faculty adjust their teaching in real-time. However, up […]

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Student affairs professionals: Looking for social media examples for my book

Posted by reyjunco on July 11, 2013 in Commentary, Research |

Student affairs professionals: I need your help for my next book, Engaging Students through Social Media: An Evidence-Based Approach for Student Affairs being published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass. I’m looking for examples of how you are using social media in your functional areas. Successes and challenges are both welcome! Feel free to post your story in the […]

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Berkman Center Fellowship

Posted by reyjunco on July 8, 2013 in Commentary, Research |

I am very happy to announce that I’ll be returning to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society this next academic year as a fellow. I am both honored and incredibly excited for this opportunity to continue to engage and collaborate with the Berkman community, especially the Youth and Media team. I had such a blast this last […]

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New position at Purdue University

Posted by reyjunco on February 11, 2013 in Commentary |

I am delighted to announce that later this semester, I will be joining the faculty of the Purdue University Libraries as an associate professor. At Purdue, I will focus on emerging technologies in education with a special focus on the first year experience. If you don’t already know about the great work happening in educational […]

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Comparing actual and self-reported measures of Facebook use

Posted by reyjunco on January 18, 2013 in Research, Survey Design |

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you likely already know that there is a growing body of research that examines how college students use Facebook and the outcomes of such use. For instance, researchers have examined how Facebook use is related to various aspects of the college student experience including learning, student […]

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Mobile apps and youth privacy

Posted by reyjunco on December 13, 2012 in Commentary |

On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published Mobile Apps for Kids in which they reported the results of their recent survey of how well mobile apps for kids conform to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requirements. The results were alarming: 59% of apps transmitted the mobile device ID (which includes among other things the app name, […]

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Don’t Facebook & text during class, email instead

Posted by reyjunco on November 27, 2012 in Research |

My most recent paper on multitasking, In-class multitasking and academic performance, has uncovered some interesting results. I conducted a survey of 1,839 college students and asked them how often they multitask during class by using Facebook, texting, emailing, searching for content not related to the class, IMing, and talking on the phone. I also collected students’ actual overall […]

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How college students find and use information [Infographic]

Posted by reyjunco on November 26, 2012 in Infographic |

My friends over at Project Information Literacy have just released this infographic to summarize their recent research on how college students find and use information. Data in this infographic come from PIL’s publications Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time and Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use […]

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