Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Some Examples of Twitter Use in Higher Education

An academic at Edge Hill University has been asking me about using Twitter with their class. I thought I'd put together a list of just a few of the many examples of how teachers in HE have used Twitter, to act as a starting point for people looking for ideas.

One important thing that we can take from the work that has been done is not to just publish links and expect students to join in. Twitter (and most social media) is of most value when it is being used for primarily social reasons, and the use of Twitter seems most successful when students are required to take part in activities which get them familiar with using the tool for different purposes, and which get the students communicating with each other.

I remember attending sessions at Edge Hill about Graham Roger's work on Discussion Boards. One thing that he had tried to discourage was long monologues from his students, in favour of shorter messages which carried more social value such as those messages asking questions. It strikes me that Twitter's short form messages invite students to take part in these more interactive discussions much more than Discussion Boards do.

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