Twitter in US Higher Education Teaching

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Twitter in US Higher Education Teaching

  1. 1. Twitter in US Higher Education Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D. University of Central Florida
  2. 2. Twitter Defined <ul><li>Twitter is a free, public microposting service (140 characters) accessible via web and mobile devices. </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated that 1/3 of US higher education faculty use Twitter (Faculty Focus, 2010) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Educator Uses of Twitter <ul><li>Announcements from Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Friendly reminder that Modules are closing tomorrow, September 9th at 11:59pm. Good luck! </li></ul><ul><li>Status Updates from Teacher On my way to class. Running few mins. late. Pass the word. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Educator Uses of Twitter <ul><li>Teacher modeling of professional interactions in discourse community (Personal Learning Network) @djadjas  I was honored by your translation--and I love that photo. I look forward to learning from and with you. </li></ul><ul><li>@George_Haines  Interesting question--thanks. Better foundation for what? It all depends on what we think we're building, and why. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Educator Uses of Twitter <ul><li>Teacher-supplied links to supplemental content resources (may be scheduled in advance to coincide with course topics) </li></ul><ul><li>“ 5 Examples of How Schools Are Using Social Media to Enhance Learning” http://bit.ly/bFTLrj via @pparris9 #eme5050 </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons: An Educational Primer http://t.co/lK0swbm  #eme5050 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Educator Uses of Twitter <ul><li>Student questions or feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Will there be a Week 12 update this week or did I miss it? (Totally possible.) </li></ul><ul><li>That’s fine. We can still do the replies and scoring for today. Plus time to read the text. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Educator Uses of Twitter <ul><li>Mini-learning network: all contribute ideas or content </li></ul>
  8. 8. Implementation Methods <ul><li>Include in syllabus teacher’s Twitter profile URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/kthompso </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite students to “follow” (subscribe) to teacher posts if desired </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establish a separate, course-specific Twitter profile </li></ul><ul><li>Tag course-specific postings with unique keyword (“hashtag”) </li></ul><ul><li>Display Twitter feed within VLE (“Blackboard”) using widget </li></ul>
  9. 9. HootCourse Defined <ul><li>HootCourse is an education-specific, free public/private microposting service (140 characters) accessible via web and mobile devices. http://hootcourse.com </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticate with Twitter ID or Facebook name </li></ul><ul><li>Users decide: Postings stay in HootCourse or send to Twitter or Facebook (authentication) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Try It Out Yourself! <ul><li>Public HootCourse environment for FOI/UCF collaboration and communications: </li></ul><ul><li>http://hootcourse.com/course/1419/ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Resources <ul><li>“ Social Networking Communication:” entry in UCF’s Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository http://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php/Social_Networking_Communication </li></ul><ul><li>“ Twitter Experiment:” video case study of Twitter use by University of Texas professor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WPVWDkF7U8 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Resources <ul><li>Public HootCourse Example: Educational Technology Course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://hootcourse.com/course/7/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public HootCourse Example: Professional Development Course on Blended Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://hootcourse.com/course/1451/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. References <ul><li>Faculty Focus. (2010). Twitter in higher education 2010: Usage habits and trends of today's college faculty. Retrieved October 12, 2010 from http://www.facultyfocus.com/free-report/twitter-in-higher-education-2010-usage-habits-and-trends-of-todays-college-faculty </li></ul>

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