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Nerd Research Minute ~August 15 ~ Ed. Benefits of Twitter

Twitter is one form of  digital and computer-mediated form of peer-to-peer engagement that functions with both communicative and outreach potential. Students enrolled in higher education institutions report that Twitter “provided space and opportunities to engage in academic activities as a new pedagogical tool” (Bista, 2015, p. 1). Our Canvas LMS also has a Chat Feature that can function as a intra-course micro version of Twitter.

Additional research confirms that social media application such as Twitter and the Canvas chat feature “aids students in building relationships, fosters students’ connections with each other, and allows them to create meaning through sustained communication” (Chapman, 2015, p.1).

Further, research by Bartosik-Purgat, Filimon & Kiygi-Calli, 2017Junco, Elavsky& Heiberger, 2015, and Prestridge, 2014, indicate that there is a powerful constructivist teaming between instructors and students as they tweet and retweet course content, perspectives, and discussions on Twitter. This student- teacher and student-student engagement reinforces our enhanced Community of Inquiry framework (Hamm, Edwards, King, 2018) and student learning outcomes (Junco, Elavsky, and Heiberger, 2015Prestridge, 2014).

Here are some recommendations for using Twitter or the Canvas Chat feature in your course:

  1. Model your own use of social media features for your students
  2. Set criteria for the social media use in your  course
  3. Create and share a hashtag for your course and/or content (lectures, discussions, resource-sharing, etc…)
  4. Positively affirm your students as they follow you and as they participate with the social media components of your course
  5. Read more tips from Educause

The best pedagogy is the one that is inclusive and meets learners where they are located.

References: 

Bartosik-Purgat, M., Filimon, N., Kiygi-Calli, M. (2017), Social Media and Higher Education – An International Perspective,Economics and Sociology, Vol. 10, No 1,
pp. 181-191. DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-1/13.

Bista, K., 2015. Is Twitter an effective pedagogical tool in higher education? Perspectives of education graduate studentsJournal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 15, No. 2, April 2015, pp. 83 – 102. doi: 10.14434/josotl.v15i2.12825.

Chapman, A. (2015).  Tweeting in Higher Education: Best Practices, (2015). Retrieved from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/9/tweeting-in-higher-education-best-practices.

Junco, Reynol C.,  Elavsky, C. Michael  and Heiberger, Greg., (2013).  Putting Twitter to the Test: Assessing Outcomes for Student Collaboration, Engagement, and SuccessBritish Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 44, No. 2 (March 2013): 273–287.

Prestridge, S. (2014). A focus on students’ use of Twitter–their interactions with each other, content and interface. Active Learning in Higher Education15(2), 101-115.

 

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Note: this post originally written by Helen Teague and published on the HSU Online Ed blog.

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Nerd Research Minute – Library of Congress to Cease Continual Tweet Archiving

Assign it the hashtag of #bahbye, Mediate reports that “Even the Library of Congress can’t keep up with Twitter anymore. The Library of Congress has been archiving every single public tweet for many years. But now it’s announced the process for archiving tweets will be more limited starting in 2018.” (Source: Mediaite)

The Library of Congress says that going forward, “Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.” (Source: Deadline)

 

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Internet History Lesson

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Twitter Goes >140

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Hashtag of the Day ~ @TeachingLC

The Nation’s Largest Library is just a tweet away~ @TeachingLC

Teaching with the Library of Congress. Primary sources, inspiration, ideas and opportunities for teachers from the world’s greatest library.

LOCTwitter

 

Washington, DC · http://www.loc.gov/teachers

 

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The birth of 140 characters- Twitter Turns 8

Twitter was launched on this date in 2006, only it was called “Twttr,” with no vowels. The social media platform is famous for its 140-character “microblogs.”

On its launch date, the company reported 224 “tweets” for the whole day.

On its fifth birthday, users logged that many tweets in less than one-tenth of a second. In an early review of the platform, the Techcrunch website reported, “People are using it to send messages like ‘Cleaning my apartment’ and ‘Hungry.’ You can also add friends via text message, nudge friends, etc. It [is] really a social network around text messaging.”

Many countries since then have routinely shut down or blocked Twitter during times of upheaval, natural disaster, and national emergency. Clay Shirkey speaks about this in his video How Social Media Can Make History.

Happy Birthday, Twitter!

Happy Birthday Twitter

 

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Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags

Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags
Compiled By: OnlineCollegeCourses.com

http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/10/17/popular-educational-twitter-hashtags/

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