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Presentation by Jeremy Speller and Claire Ross at the UCL Digital Humanities launch event on 21 May 2010.

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    Twitter in the Academic World Twitter in the Academic World Presentation Transcript

    • Twitter in the Academic World Jeremy Speller Claire Ross #ucldh Examples and case studies
    • Twitter in Teaching • Alerts and notices Today’s seminar is cancelled apologies for short notice #mycourse • Summing up – Have students summarise an article within 140 characters - a challenge! • Sharing links Useful ideas and tips for Twitter use in teaching from @timbuckteeth http:// is.gd/cdeYw #ucldh • Tweming – Have students contribute content to a common hastag so that content is picked up by http://twemes.com/
    • HE Case Studies • University of Bath – Using a module-specific account to supplement reading list with useful online articles • University of Texas, Dallas – Using Twitter conversations to pull together large-group classes enabling individuals to be heard • Sheffield Hallam University – Collecting students feedback on informal learning spaces
    • Use of Twitter during Academic Conferences
    • Before, During and After
    • Research Question: What can analysis of Twitter use in Academic conference settings tell us about the users? Enhancing the Conference experience? Allowing for collaboration and co-construction of knowledge? OR Is it disruptive, distracting and an inconsequential tool full of pointless babble?
    • The cons • Pointless babble • Disparaging and disrespectful • Unevenness of participation • Awareness is important
    • The pros • Reporting out to people who aren’t there • Note taking, but in public • Backchannel “I use Twitter as a form of note taking and information sharing” “To make the proceedings more of a discussion, including with those not at the conference” “I wanted to both regurgitate and aggregate good points for people attending and not attending”
    • Recommendations: encouragement, transparency and honesty • Establish a hashtag for your event so that your followers can easily watch and search the conversations. #ucldh • Be transparent and honest • Encourage your attendees to tweet during the live event/ be positive towards speakers and presenters
    • Recommendations: encouragement, transparency and honesty • Beware of the dangers: carefully consider use of a Twitter wall • Archive the event tweets
    • Thanks! Jeremy Speller Acknowledgements Director of Learning & Media Services Hugh Cartoon: http://www.citizensound.net/citizensound/wp-content/uploads/hugh-mcleod-twitter-cartoon.png Email: j.speller@ucl.ac.uk Conference hall: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shinemy/1358913641/ Twitter: @jeremyspeller An engrossed delegate - Museums and the Web 2009: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pratty/ Twitter: @spellerlive (events only - don’t follow it!) Dannah Boyd web2.0 expo: http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2009/11/24/spectacle_at_we.html Graph: C.Ross Claire Ross Research Assistant, Centre for Digital Humanities On-line conversation about MW2009 tracked in the TwitterfallPhoto: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pratty/ Email: claire.ross@ucl.ac.uk Screwdriver and pencil: http://www.jumsoft.com/ Twitter: @clairey_ross Twitter bird: http://ipotion.devianart.com/ Twitter: @ucldh Clouds: http://www.backgroundlabs.com/ Steve Wheeler’s blog: http://is.gd/cdeYw Tony McNeill’s case studies: http://is.gd/cdfcJ