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Twitter in the College Classroom

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Engagement and assessment are central concerns in the ongoing evolution of higher education, but doing both at the same time presents unique challenges. While Twitter is becoming an increasingly …

Engagement and assessment are central concerns in the ongoing evolution of higher education, but doing both at the same time presents unique challenges. While Twitter is becoming an increasingly popular social media platform for getting students more engaged, there is not a lot of research or information out there on how to assess student outcomes on Twitter. Designed for college instructors with varying degrees of experience with Twitter, this workshop will cover the design, implementation, assessment, and redesign processes associated with the use of this specific social media platform.

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  • 1. Jeff Freels :: @JeffFreelsAssociate Professor of HistoryPrince George’s Community CollegeAccess this presentation and other resources at: http://goo.gl/rUvHg
  • 2. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin FranklinConcerns preventing greater use of TwitterMeeting students on their own turf
  • 3. Twitter named #1 Tool for Learning, 2009-2012*Twitter is free, accessible, easily configuredConnection to engagement and outcomes Source: Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, 2012
  • 4. Limitations of the medium You have to be committed for it to work. Not to be used as primary form of assessment Cannot replace long-form writing Privacy concerns are real, but manageable
  • 5. Reinforce classroom instructionA more immediate way to communicateShow your students the good side of the webGuide students constantly towards success
  • 6. Class announcementsForum for varied forms of interactionAsking students direct questions about subjectProvide links to quality websitesSend students looking for information
  • 7. Student work should probably be gradedPurposeful alignment of tweets to objectives Tweet to help students succeed on assignmentsResearch in this area is sparse
  • 8. Get to know the medium before using itSet up Twitter accounts for each classSign up for a Twitter client app for management
  • 9. A good smartphone or device is essentialClearly scaffold the work/expectationsGive students time to assimilateKeep grading simple – use distinct time periodsBe available!Request your archive at the end of the term
  • 10. Questions? Jeff Freels Email: freelsjw@pgcc.edu Twitter: @JeffFreels

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