Microblogging In Technology Enhanced Learning A Use-Case Inspection of PPE Summer School 2008
The evolution – from Macro to Micro Another way of blogging [communicating]
Why microblogging? Why Twitter? Instant and spontaneous sharing of information, conversations and reporting news in 140 characters The true value of Twitter is in the network(ing) (Stevens, 2008 - http://tinyurl.com/3hqn9e ).
= Twemes Twitter Meme = Patchwork Joint-creation of a resourceful site through the use of an ashtag shared by individuals. Aggregation of content from different social sites/services (flickr and del.icio.us).
PPE Summer School 2008 http://tinyurl.com/4ks9dv Opportunity for collaboration among Researchers in the TEL field
Official Summer School Activities <ul><li>Fair deal of listening to (traditional presentation format); </li></ul><ul><li>some hands-on possibilities (workshops) , and </li></ul><ul><li>Expected individual reflections to be blogged by participants (as asked by the coordination team) </li></ul>however…
Twitter became the main backchannel of the #scohrid experience http://crowdstatus.com/scohridcrowd.aspx
The Viral use of Twitter Twitter was used as a channel for lecture- and workshops-speciﬁc discussions, and also as part of the socialization process. Opportunities for alternative, complementary and different ways of networking, taking notes, sharing, connecting, interacting ....
Brief Analysis on the Tweets The following tagclouds illustrate the daily twitter discussions and the topics most explored during the Summer School experience
First day of the Summer School – Day dedicated to social activities
To get more detailed information about how Summer School attendees perceived the use of Twitter as part of the Summer School experience, participants were asked to participate in an online survey.
Adopting Twitter <ul><li>Not all attendees decided to adopt twitter as part of the Summer School experience. Stated reasons: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Problems; Preferred to take a passive role (“lurks” and “observers” of the development of twemes). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>However, a relevant number of Summer School participants decided to use twitter. Reported reasons: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be where the action was taking place; Be part of a space for “silent discussion” ; Curious about the new approach, and how it could support communication; Inﬂuenced by their peers. </li></ul></ul></ul>
Topical ongoing discussion The Added Value of Twittering online
Useful channel to communicate with others and engage in sharing of information was largely appreciated. The eﬀectiveness of such channel for immediate communication. Empowering individual to take part of a bigger conversation / be where the action is. Participants’ Remarks on Twitter
Twitter can be helpful to capture the atmosphere of a given event, and enable individuals to participate actively and input their ideas as they occur. Nevertheless, such approach doesn’t seem to comply with everyone’s learning styles / event attendance approach
<ul><li>The this case-study the use of twitter was mostly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Influenced by peer-users; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>driven by the need of feeling included in shared online spaces where parallel discussions were also taking place. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determined by the willing to communication / collaborate / connect </li></ul></ul>
Presentation for #SIRTEL08/ #ECTEL08 http://twemes.com/wedotel Article available @ http://tinyurl.com/3h5y6p @wollepb @cristinacost @kamelg @martinsillaots Thank you for listening!