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Seminar "Critical engagement with Twitter and its potential use in teaching"


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These are the slides of a Teaching and Learning session I gave on 21 April 2016.

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Seminar "Critical engagement with Twitter and its potential use in teaching"

  1. 1. Critical engagement with Twitter and its potential use in teaching Christian Bokhove April 21st 2016 #tlsoton
  2. 2. 2 every-university-leader-should-read #tlsoton
  3. 3. Ouch 3#tlsoton
  4. 4. Thanks 4#tlsoton
  5. 5. This seminar: explore why Twitter might be useful in the academic environment for teaching and learning. I might add some activities and you are invited to join in, *if you want*. I rely heavily on examples from *my* experience. #tlsoton 5
  6. 6. I personally think that, if you have a device with you, and you want to try out Twitter and how it works, trying out during this session is great! But it is not a workshop. In tweets use the hashtag #tlsoton I’ll demo this as well #tlsoton 6
  7. 7. Assumptions • Assuming limited experience with Twitter. So if you have, you might know much of this already • I tweet everything mixed up but some only use it professionally. Your choice. • Grey area: T&L meets Research. For example, if you teach “current issues in education” you can get a lot of relevant information through twitter. So I’ll mix it up as well. • I try not to be an evangelist. Just see if it works for YOU. 7#tlsoton
  8. 8. My Twitter History • Twitter since 2009 • Was ‘heaviest Twitter user local politics’ 2010 • Cold Turkey: removed account • Started again in 2010 8#tlsoton
  9. 9. #tlsoton 9
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  11. 11. Profile 11#tlsoton
  12. 12. What is Twitter? is Twitter? #tlsoton 12
  13. 13. Twitter is a social network which allows users to exchange public messages of 140 characters or less. These are known as Tweets. It’s easy to tweet, via: #tlsoton 13
  14. 14. Tweets can be text-based or contain multimedia such as images or video, and links to anything online. #tlsoton 14
  15. 15. Twitter is becoming somewhat less popular now Decline mainly in youths 15 Source: #tlsoton
  16. 16. Key terms #tlsoton 16
  17. 17. Tweet: your tweet is your message. 140 characters. Tweets can be seen by: a: your followers who happen to be online at the time and b: anyone who happens to look at your profile, and potentially c: by the followers of anyone who ReTweets it. Tweet #tlsoton 17
  18. 18. ReTweet 18 ReTweet: if you RT someone else’s tweet, it will appear in your timeline and your followers can see it. Being ReTweeted exposes your ideas to new networks. Mind you, sometimes RT you just because…well…because. Some are keen to add “no endorsement” #tlsoton
  19. 19. @reply: you can converse directly with someone by putting their username (beginning with @) into your tweet – this will ensure the tweet shows up in their ‘@ replies’. Your tweets will be seen by anyone following both you AND the person with whom you’re conversing. With a . In front they will be broadcast as ‘normal tweet’ Reply with @ #tlsoton 19
  20. 20. Hashtag: a #hashtag is a way to bring together disparate users on the same topic, without the users needing to know each other already. Hashtags can also be a way to archive conversations on a theme, and discuss events or conferences. You can click on any #hashtag (for example #tlsoton) and find all recent tweets which have included it. This is the best way to tweet around a specific module (or academic topic). Hashtag #tlsoton 20
  21. 21. Direct Messages and likes Direct Message: a DM is a private message, within the network, which only you and the recipient see. Likes: used to be ‘favorites’ with a star symbol but now have become ‘hearts’. 21#tlsoton
  22. 22. Pinning tweets In a teaching context you might want to ‘pin’ a link to a course blog. 22#tlsoton
  23. 23. Sometimes discussions get out of hand • Block • Mute 23#tlsoton
  24. 24. Back to the first poll also could tweet 24#tlsoton
  25. 25. Can be done within Twitter as well 25#tlsoton
  26. 26. Managing timelines: Tweetdeck 26 #tlsoton
  27. 27. Whyeven use Twitter? Hat Tip to this presentation #tlsoton 27
  28. 28. Connecting with peers Twitter is a good networking tool – for finding researchers with similar interests, for keeping in touch after conferences, for finding and engaging the leaders in your field. #tlsoton 28
  29. 29. Keeping up to date If you follow the right people on Twitter you will know when and where relevant papers are published, when calls for papers announced, when conferences are happening, when developments in your field (including policy changes) are occurring, when new technology emerges which is relevant to what you do, whether someone has made/used some resources that you might use and what’s going on in HE. #tlsoton 29
  30. 30. Sharing information You can tell Twitter about your research outputs, your current projects, your professional activities, teaching (but also personal stuff). It can also be a promotional tool for all your other social media activities too –get people reading your blog and other outlets by tweeting about it. #tlsoton 30
  31. 31. #tlsoton 31 acadtwitter
  32. 32. ciences/2011/09/02/academic- tweeters-your-suggestions-in-full/ #tlsoton 32
  33. 33. @unisouthampton is the main account of the University @timeshighered is the Times Higher’s very active account @lseimpactblog is the LSE Impact Blog’s account @gdnhighered is the Guardian’s Higher Education account Build outlets to follow e.g. #tlsoton 33
  34. 34. Learning and teaching #tlsoton 34
  35. 35. Using a hashtag for the module provide further reading suggestions, interesting links to related content, additional assignments for keen students, reminders about deadlines, clarifications and answers to questions, third- party opinions and stories. 1) Support module #tlsoton 35 e.g. colleagues Dr. Lisa Harris and others with the #uosm2008 tag
  36. 36. #tlsoton 36 Can also be resources #AskTwitter
  37. 37. “The backchannel… Allows students to ask questions, emboldens them, allows them to share with each other. You can poll them during the session. High risk, high reward.” There is a tension between ‘academic’ vs. ‘personal’ 2) Enhance a session #tlsoton 37
  38. 38. “Excellent for postgrads who aren’t on campus – but also for all students, to have regular interaction outside the scheduled lectures and seminars.” For example, study groups. 3) Keep in touch #tlsoton 38
  39. 39. #tlsoton 39 More interesting slides by Ned here
  40. 40. Otheruseful (?) things done with twitter #tlsoton 40
  41. 41. Tweetbeam #tlsoton 41
  42. 42. Socioviz 42#tlsoton
  43. 43. Access communities with hashtags e.g. #phdchat, #mathscpdchat, #bbcqt, #rEd #tlsoton 43
  44. 44. If this then that Service that can link different applications e.g. if you blog automatically tweet #tlsoton 44
  45. 45. Get quick service from customer services #tlsoton 45
  46. 46. Linking twitter to Arduino/hardware #tlsoton 46
  47. 47. Fun #tlsoton 47
  48. 48. Some take away points • See if Twitter can be something for you, it has had for me. • But usefulness depends on your aims. Don’t do it just for the sake of innovation but because you can get something out of it. • Sometimes you don’t know this upfront. Just try. • Sometimes a ‘show of hands’ is more efficient than an online poll. 48#tlsoton
  49. 49. • Can be sending AND receiving. • Personal or professional or both • Discussion for teaching: I think personal fine as well, some say ‘separate account’ • Often people already carry devices that can use it e.g. Twitter apps • YOU are in control (e.g. “afraid it’s going to take more time”) #tlsoton 49
  50. 50. • Easy to look up content related to the subject • When you follow the ‘right people’ you get a lot of interesting information quickly • Engage in discussions (but also be careful there) • Only useful if you use it • Tell people you tweet by advertising your ‘handle’ @cbokhove • Can also link Twitter to other applications e.g. blog, Blackboard, Linkedin #tlsoton 50
  51. 51. We need a final picture? • Picture taken at end of session 51#tlsoton
  52. 52. Any questions, comments, ideas, plans #tlsoton 52 Source image: image.php?image=34596&picture=question-mark
  53. 53. Thanks! Contact: Twitter: @cbokhove These slides will be online on slideshare. I’ll tweet the link ;-) #tlsoton 53