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Twearning: Twitter + Active Learning = Improved Student Engagement


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Slideshow for presentation on Twitter and learning at the 6th Sloan-C Conference in 2013
Updated April 9, 2013

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Twearning: Twitter + Active Learning = Improved Student Engagement

  1. 1. TWEARNING: TWITTER + ACTIVE LEARNING= IMPROVED STUDENT ENGAGEMENT ANDPERFORMANCE Ida M. Jones Professor, Fresno State Director, Center for the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching Website: Mobile App:
  3. 3. WHAT IS TWITTER? Microblog “Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations. At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place”Source:
  5. 5. Twitter Break (3-5minutes)Tweet:• What possible ways could Twitter be used in education?• Any questions and comments (don’t forget hashtag!)TWITTER BREAK (3-5 MINUTES)
  6. 6. ACTIVATE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT AND CREATEA GROUP FOR A TWITTER ACTIVITY Preparation:  Revive or open your Twitter account  Find several people to form a group (2-5) OR be a lone ranger  Choose a topic, individual or group to follow; suggestions include  Student engagement; Motivating students  Twitter in education  Steve Wheeler (conference keynote speaker)  Merlotorg
  7. 7. Twitter Break (3-5minutes)Tweet:• What did you learn from this group activity?• Any questions and comments (don’t forget hashtag!)TWITTER BREAK (3-5 MINUTES)
  8. 8. 21ST CENTURY LITERACIES  Attention  Participation  Collaboration  Network awareness  Critical consumption Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies by Howard Rheingold, available at
  9. 9. 7 PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE INUNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION  Encourage contact between students and faculty,  Develop reciprocity and cooperation among students,  Encourage active learning,  Give prompt feedback,  Emphasize time on task,  Communicate high expectations, and  Respect diverse talents and ways of learning methods/7-principles
  10. 10. COMPARISON OF TWO APPROACHESRheingold Chickering and Gamson  Encourage contact between Attention students and faculty, Participation  Develop reciprocity and cooperation among students, Collaboration  Encourage active learning, Network awareness  Give prompt feedback,  Emphasize time on task, Critical consumption  Communicate high expectations, and  Respect diverse talents and ways of learning
  11. 11. Motivating PeopleDr. Dan Ariely• Once you make something you like it more• Hard to “care” to make a short term sacrifice for long term benefit HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE THE UNMOTIVATED TO LEARN? (5 MINUTE VIDEO)
  12. 12. Twitter Break (3-5minutes)For Discussion• What is the Ikea effect?• What is the reward substitution?• Questions and Comments (don’t forget hashtag!) TWITTER BREAK (3-5 MINUTES)
  13. 13. MY TWEETING CLASS  Sports Marketing Law class  Required for Sports Marketing majors  18 students  Most hadn’t used much technology in their marketing classes previously  Survey: 50% created a Twitter account for the first time in this class
  15. 15. TWITTER ASSIGNMENT-REINFORCING LEARNING Student Assignments  Take notes and ask questions during class  Tweet outside class  5 minute presentation which was a group summary of weekly tweets Course Goals: More involvement with and knowledge of course content C & G-more time on task and hopefully more feedback!
  16. 16. EXPECTATIONS FROM ASSIGNMENTREQUIREMENTS  Substantive questions about reading  Reflection about reading  Substantive comment about a current event  Substantive comment or question about the tweets of someone the student is C & G-more following time on task and hopefully more feedback!
  17. 17. TWITTER ASSIGNMENT-FOLLOWING APROFESSIONAL ATHLETE; DEVELOP A SOCIALMEDIA POLICY  Evaluate Twitter use and legal implications by 3 sports figures and develop a proposed policy  Favorite sport  Identify 3 professional athletes who have twitter accounts  End of proposed policy on athletes’ use of social media
  18. 18. How do you assess accomplishment of objectives? ASSESSMENT
  19. 19. STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF TWITTER USE  Contribute to Knowledge of Content?  Pre: 56% Agreed/Strongly Agreed  Post 64% Agreed/Strongly Agreed  Would Make No Difference  Pre: 25%  Post:17%
  20. 20. COURSE GRADES: SPRING 2011/SPRING 2012
  21. 21. HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS EFFECTIVENESS OFTWITTER USE? Observation Student surveys Think Aloud/Brainstorming Tests/Quizzes Papers Concept Maps Problem solving/Decision- making