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Reflections on my vacation from technology

Posted by reyjunco on February 1, 2016 in Commentary |
Photo by Amélien Bayle https://www.flickr.com/photos/amelien/

Photo by Amélien Bayle https://www.flickr.com/photos/amelien/

As you may have guessed, my vacation is over. I survived. I endured another winter break away from technology. Did I miss an important email? Yup, I certainly did. Although one can ponder what “important” actually means in this case. You know those important emails pertaining to life/death situations? Yeah, that never happens. So while it was stressful to think about deleting all of my emails while I was away, all of my work was still intact, waiting for me right where I left it. The wonderful part? No stressful email backlog. And you know what else? Every time I take a break from technology, it gets a little easier. After day one, I no longer felt my phone tugging at me in the background. I was able to fully enjoy every moment that I spent with my son. We even saw Star Wars spoiler-free thanks to my avoidance of social media!

It was a proper break. It was relaxing. I was centered and calm. I slept well. When I got back, I had to hit the ground running because it was the week before the semester started. I lamented having to “come back to technology” and wished I could have taken a break for longer. The Iowa State College of Human Sciences even did a story about it.

As those of you who follow my work know, I believe in the social benefits of technology. However, it is important to understand how technology affects you and your workflow. I’ve found what works for me. Twice a year, I deactivate my Facebook account, ignore my Twitter and my Instagram, empty my inbox, and turn off all distractions. And every time I do this, I come back feeling recharged, refocused, and ready to tackle a new semester (yeah, my students think I’m nuts because of how excited I am to teach stats and methodology).

So take a vacation, a real vacation. You’ve earned it.

P.S. Stay tuned for some new publications/projects from my newly-formed research lab. Also, keep your eye out for the unveiling of our lab website

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Vacation from technology (December 2015)

Posted by reyjunco on December 10, 2015 in Commentary |

tl;dr : If you email me between 12/16/15 and 1/8/16 I won’t get it.  Those of you who have been following my work for a while know that every year I take two of what I’ve affectionately termed “vacations from technology.” Usually once during the summer and once in December, I turn off all the digital […]

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New Paper: Predicting course outcomes with digital textbook analytics

Posted by reyjunco on August 25, 2015 in Research |

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been researching how real-time behavioral data, collected unobtrusively through technology, can predict learning outcomes. As part of this line of research, I’ve recently published the paper Predicting course outcomes with digital textbook usage data in The Internet and Higher Education. The study used data collected from student engagement with digital textbooks […]

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New Paper: Student class standing, Facebook use, and academic performance

Posted by reyjunco on January 20, 2015 in Research |

My newest paper, Student class standing, Facebook use, and academic performance was just published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. In previous work, I’ve discovered that social media use is related to a host of academic and psychosocial outcomes. Most notably, there is a relationship between Facebook use and academic performance and Facebook use […]

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Recruiting Ph.D. students – Come work with me!

Posted by reyjunco on November 5, 2014 in Research |

I’m looking for Ph.D. students who want to come work with me at Iowa State. If you are interested in social technologies and how they impact youth, please apply! This would be a funded position and you would work in my emerging research group that will be composed of Ph.D. and Masters students (and eventually […]

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Looking for a middle school to collaborate on research study

Posted by reyjunco on September 10, 2014 in Research |

Friends and colleagues – Our research team (headed up by me and Nicole Ellison) is engaged in a cool Gates Foundation-funded project to help support college readiness for students who otherwise wouldn’t go to college. This same Gates program funded the development of 19 apps/services/websites to more efficiently help students navigate the college application and […]

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Social Media and Student Identity Development

Posted by reyjunco on July 23, 2014 in Research |

It’s here! The first (free) chapter from my upcoming book, Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence-Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs. The chapter covers how youth’s interactions online help them develop their identity, or a stable sense of self. Download the chapter here. The Kindle version of the entire book is now available on Amazon.com, […]

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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 Using Social Media in Student Affairs: An Evidence-Based Approach from Rey Junco

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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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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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