Starting Over

In our world of constant communication I wonder some days if I’m “connected” enough. I like to think of myself as a “techie” as I tend to be an innovator when it comes to new technology. I used many social media tools long before others, and I even joined blogging in the early 2000s when it was still new. But as busy as I am on the farm and at work it is hard to keep things up online. But recently I find myself wanting to get back into using some of the tools more often. Specifiacly, I miss blogging. I’ve had several blogs with my last being Here.  But it is time for me to focus more on what my world is not just what my work world is. So welcome to my thoughts, my farm, my research, my life. I hope you enjoy my rants and my projects.

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Whose fault is it?

Take a look at this article that was posted on Inside Higher Ed.  It discusses recent studies with employers and students. And how some of the blame students put back on themselves. I had a recent grad talking to me about how young people being hired in her business were so less attentive and team oriented than she was. I found her observation interesting, especially since she had only been there 2 years herself.

Help our SIG stay up-to-date!

AS some of you may remember our SIG for many years did a survey where we collected basic information about our programs to share at our meeting. This allowed us to skip long verbal updates and do more activities and discussions at our meeting. We haven’t done this in a few years, but would like to bring it back. So can one person from each program please fill this short survey out. This is not IRB approved or being published beyond our meeting in Portland! http://go.osu.edu/d2x

Is it our fault or theres?

Take a look at this article that was posted on Inside Higher Ed.  It discusses recent studies with employers and students. And how some of the blame students put back on themselves. I had a recent grad talking to me about how young people being hired in her business were so less attentive and team oriented than she was. I found her observation interesting, especially since she had only been there 2 years herself.

 

Ag literacy at its finest!

I love to check out the images of the week on MSNBC.com every once in a while, and was amazed at what I found today. The amount of ag literacy in America is depressing. If anyone can get it right, I’d hope it would be media. But if they are getting it wrong how can we expect general citizens too. I have been working with several of my students looking at portrayals of ag online, especially related to groups against ag. It is a never ending battle, but one we must win. I’m no animal science expert, but I did grow up on a sheep farm. I KNOW this is no goat! Reuters get it right please!

Social Technographics

So theories in new technology are still scarce. Many researchers are looking at the new media through old lenses, which they should. However, I have stumbled across Forrester’s idea of Social Technographics and I find it intriguing. His step approach to how individuals are using new media reminds me of classic Rogers’ Diffusion Theory, but puts it in a new perspective. See his chart below (which can also be found at the link above).

 

 

 

If you follow Roger’s theory related to this one you would see that in terms of “Web 2.0” we are still at a stage of early diffusion. Not surprising. What I find even more interesting is their discussions on how it can be used when we think of our audiences. Who are you trying to reach? With what new media. They note you should reach the creators who can give your message on down the ladder, but what about Ag where there are (I would guess) few creators. 

I am getting ready to do a survey with media… I will be adding this theory into it to test it out a little further.  I would love to test farmers as well (anyone interested in studying their reader/listenership?) Keep you posted…

A PR blog to follow

I have been following this blog for a while, and find it a thought provoking site. I thought I would share it with you http://www.briansolis.com/ Brian talks about Web 2.0 and its role and impact in public relations and marketing

Warm and Fuzzy

Ok I know blogging two seconds apart isn’t the point. But I just wanted to share something positive after my last post. I work a ton, and in my husband’s words “You are at work with your students more than you are at home.” I wonder some days if people I do stuff for realize what I sacrifice for them. But in the last week I have gotten notes from two of my recent graduates thanking me for all I did for them. Those notes make it worth it, they make the bad comments from frustrated students ok. Just a reminder to thank the people in your life who help you and mean something to you. You don’t realize how much that means to them.

Work

Right now I feel that “work” defines me. We are finishing our basement in between business trips and work days. But through it all I am getting so much done. I have gotten several research articles out the door the last few days and I have made some connections for some future research. I think at my age and place in life there isn’t much I can do about the work, but keep trying to have fun one day a week. I try my hardest to have one day for me… granted this week that day was spent putting on a third coat of paint before the carpet comes. Oh Well. It will slow down someday.

Do you double dip?

I was reading a blog I follow called “Tomorrow’s Professor” and they posted a discussion being held in the field of Political Science where faculty are double presenting papers at different conferences. I was taught in graduate school that this isn’t something you should do. Would we want our journalists to publish the same story twice? Or is that what we call AP? One argument being made is that many conference presentations are made in front of 10 or less people. I have heard that same argument made in ag comm and ag ed. At our recent ACE meeting we probably had 15 people in the room, and I was excited that it was such a great turn out. At that meeting we discussed a related issue of what determines publication. In the sister association of AAAE authors will present a paper at a regional meeting then present it again, after revisions, to the national meeting. It is published in proceedings CDs both times and then, most of the time, sent to a journal after final revisions. The argument behind this is that each step allows for discussion and better development of the piece. At ACE we typically have published a CD, but this year we moved to a CD only containing abstracts, as some people felt that by putting full papers on the CD, that mind you only 10-15 people get, it is published and shouldn’t be sent to a journal. 

I see both sides of these issues. My tenure committee isn’t going to want to see me with only 5 studies I have presented twice and then published, the want to see me doing a multitude of studies presented and published. A few articles that have followed that flow are ok, but it cannot look like I am “milking” the article or study. So I am very cautious in what I publish and where. But I do not feel that a CD is necessarily publication, and I don’t agree with the Political Science field in that you can present twice. AAAE is set up as regional meetings and not every article moves up, so I don’t see the big problem there.

So what constitutes publication? What constitutes presentation? Final presentation? I have taken an article I presented at AAAE and used the same data in a workshop at ACE. Is that double dipping? I am sharing my research (and I cited myself). What do you think?