How has beenused teaching and learningPresentation at EDEN Annual ConferenceValencia, 9-12 June, 2010Stephen Jenner, British Council India
Focus of researchTechnology-enhanced learning:practices and debatesUK Open University MAODE programme, 20091. How is Twitter being used in education?2. What are its strengths and weaknesses?3. What additional areas of research are needed?
How do you use Twitter? Social networking Finding resources Teaching/trainingLearning Collecting followers Public diary Other
Twitter – a community of practitioners?Heil & Piskorski, Harvard Business Review (2009)Social networks 10% produce 30% of contentWikipedia 15% produce 90% of contentTwitter 10% produce 90% of content
How has Twitter has been used for teaching/learning?Dr Monika Rankin, Professor of HistoryUniversity of Texas at Dallas‘The Twitter Experiment’ (2009)
Student comments on the ‘Twitter Experiment’Now I can join a discussion of 30-40 other students on atopic instead of just 3 or 4.A class of 90 can be intimidating… now all I have to dois type and hit enter and your opinion’s out there foreveryone to read.For us to put intelligent discussion out there on theinternet is pretty cool.You can go back and review the discussions eachweek, which is a pretty useful study tool.(The 140 character limit) helps us to focus ourdiscussion.
Other uses of Twitter, or ‘Twitter behaivours’Kerawalla, Minocha, Kirkup, Conole (2008) found 5‘blogging behaivours’ among studentsResource building – H800, MAODE, 2009Network building – Portsmouth Uni (Minocha, 2009)Broadcasting – IATEFL (Ballantyne, 2009)
Strengths and weaknesses of TwitterTweet length – re-defines synchronous vs asynchronouscommunication (next slide)Online identity – content collapse (Wesch, 2008) vs theweb 2.0 broadcasterPrivacy – control of followers but not status updatesMobile learning – anytime/anywhere learningContent – up to 40% tweets ‘pointless babble’(Pearanalytics, 2009) but you can switch who you followon and offPersonalisation –personal vs institutional communities
Further areas for researchUse of Twitter to build professional COPsTwitter ‘behaivours’Twitter online ‘identity’