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A Year of Twitter Chats: What    Did We Learn?    Melissa A. Venable, PhD    Education Writer/Blogger    @Melissa_Venable1...
The #IOLchat Team        Laura M. Puente        @LauraMilli        Editor, Social Media Strategist        Houston, TX     ...
By the Numbers…June 2011 - June 2012• 48 live sessions• 2-14 participants/chat (avg: 6)• Popular topics:  1. Maintaining s...
30 Chat Reports … and counting
ReTweets (RT) | Replies | Resources
Format Strategies• Q&A•   Open Discussion•   Open Mike•   Featured Guest•   Single Question•   Conference Editions•   Spec...
Other considerations• Target audience• Web page design• Chat length• Day/Time• Getting the word  out• Topic generation
Participant Feedback/Input
Tools for Planning  and Logistics
Recommendations          • Participate in other chats          • Go with the flow          • Ask for ideas and input      ...
Be ready for…                •   Technology issues                •   Hijacking                •   Technology issues      ...
Career Counselor Technology Forum ?!?“ … You’re nobody until you’ve been spammed.”
Ideas andexamples forclassroom useBefore-During-After ChecklistAdditionalResources
Your favorite chats?#chat2lrn – bi-monthly, Thurs. 11:00am ET#lrnchat – Thursday, 8:30pm ET#literacies – first and third T...
@Melissa_Venablemelissa@onlinecollege.org               @OC_Org
Image Credits - Flickr•   Slide 1: Background, LoveMissB, CC:BY-NC•   Slide 9: Class picture, lindacq, CC:BY-SA•   Slide 1...
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Reflections on a year of weekly live chats focused on online learning - Presentation at the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference on Online Learning

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  • What is a Live Chat?- synchronous, text-based, use #hashtag: 100s of chats – popular among educators, use with students and colleagues professional development and networking purposes
  • INSIDE ONLINE LEARNING - #IOLchatChat Goals:-April 2011, IOL blog began, by June looking for ways to…Community-building-Engagement of readers-Build a fan base for siteWeekly topic: introduction, read-aheads, Summary ReportMy Goal:-Present what we’re doing-Things we’ve tried and lessons learned-Recommend some tools along the way
  • BrainstormingPromotionNetworking-Connecting
  • Scheduling – holidays, awareness of semester breaks, etc. Popular topics: number of participants 14 – April 1214 – April 1213 – April 1210 – March 12
  • Chat reports – began October 2011
  • Creating a vibe - Create a vibe – workshop or break room?StructureInteraction
  • NCDA, TCC, Sloan-C#ce12, #openeducationweek
  • One of the things we’ve done to help us with the decisions along the way is …. SchedulingTopicsTopic generation – TwtPoll, SurveyGizmo, staff ideasFeedback – June, December surveys
  • Google Docs, Spreadsheets
  • TweetChat.comTweetReports.comCoverItLive
  • Internet connection, ….
  • Transcript of "A Year of Twitter Chats - #IOLchat"

    1. 1. A Year of Twitter Chats: What Did We Learn? Melissa A. Venable, PhD Education Writer/Blogger @Melissa_Venable18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning - #aln12
    2. 2. The #IOLchat Team Laura M. Puente @LauraMilli Editor, Social Media Strategist Houston, TX RaheelRamzanali @The_RaheelFormer sports radio journalist turned social media manager Houston, TX
    3. 3. By the Numbers…June 2011 - June 2012• 48 live sessions• 2-14 participants/chat (avg: 6)• Popular topics: 1. Maintaining student motivation for online learning 2. Evaluating online courses 3. Twitter in education (#2012TCC) 4. Game-based Learning
    4. 4. 30 Chat Reports … and counting
    5. 5. ReTweets (RT) | Replies | Resources
    6. 6. Format Strategies• Q&A• Open Discussion• Open Mike• Featured Guest• Single Question• Conference Editions• Special Events
    7. 7. Other considerations• Target audience• Web page design• Chat length• Day/Time• Getting the word out• Topic generation
    8. 8. Participant Feedback/Input
    9. 9. Tools for Planning and Logistics
    10. 10. Recommendations • Participate in other chats • Go with the flow • Ask for ideas and input • Focus on function, the tools change • It’s not the numbers- it’s the networking • Have an idea? Just try it – there’s no, right one way
    11. 11. Be ready for… • Technology issues • Hijacking • Technology issues • Spam • Technology issues
    12. 12. Career Counselor Technology Forum ?!?“ … You’re nobody until you’ve been spammed.”
    13. 13. Ideas andexamples forclassroom useBefore-During-After ChecklistAdditionalResources
    14. 14. Your favorite chats?#chat2lrn – bi-monthly, Thurs. 11:00am ET#lrnchat – Thursday, 8:30pm ET#literacies – first and third Thurs. 7pm ET#techtalk – Thursday, 3:00pm ET#digiped – Friday, 1:00pm ET
    15. 15. @Melissa_Venablemelissa@onlinecollege.org @OC_Org
    16. 16. Image Credits - Flickr• Slide 1: Background, LoveMissB, CC:BY-NC• Slide 9: Class picture, lindacq, CC:BY-SA• Slide 14: Bird, marek.sotak, CC:BY• Slide 15: Whale, Shovelling Son, CC:BY-NC-SA• Slide 18: Two birds, cobalt123, CC:BY-NC-SA
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