At the last TEL me more event in February Debbie Alston talked about how she has been using Twitter to engage her students with learning content on her module. Often Twitter is referred to as a microblogging site where users are able to post short (140 characters) messages which are then shared with those who are following them or view their profile on Twitter. Some topics may be linked together using hashtags (words or phrases prefixed with #, e.g. #TELmemore).
You may already be familiar with Twitter but just in case you aren’t this useful video provides an overview of what Twitter is and how it can be used.
Twitter has long been used in higher education and other education sectors. Below are just a few articles from around the web with ideas on how it could be used to support learning, teaching and assessment. Some of the articles also discuss the pros and cons of using this type of technology, helping you to consider how you might introduce this technology to your students.
- Teaching with Twitter
- Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities
- 50 ways to use Twitter in the classroom
- How to use Twitter for teaching and learning
- Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking?
You may also find it useful to look at the Universities Guidance for Academic Practice with Social Media.
Also as Twitter has been around for a while there are a number of different research papers which also investigate the impact the use of Twitter has on learning.
- Microblogs in Higher Education – A chance to facilitate informal and process-oriented learning?
- Twitter as a teaching practice to enhance active and informal learning in higher education: The case of sustainable tweets
- Tweeters on Campus: Twitter a Learning Tool in Classroom?
- Learning by Tweeting: Using Twitter as a Pedagogical Tool
If you would like to know more about how you could use Twitter with your students, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 1865.