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Twittering On and On: 
Using Twitter for student engagement and 
interaction in the classroom and beyond. 
CiCS TEL Fes...
2 
“I’m doing the show because 16 million 
people watch it. If people are watching I’m A 
Celebrity, that is where MPs sho...
3 
• 140 characters about 
what people had for 
dinner? 
• Purpose: 
• Shared interests, 
purpose, goal 
• Could this appl...
4 
Trying it out 
• Concerns: 
• Students have devices? 
• Invading ‘their’ space? 
• Hashtags for my modules 
• Encourage...
5 
Outside classroom 
• Links to additional info and 
resources 
• Discussion of topics/ideas 
• Support and reassurance 
...
6 
In classroom 
• Virtual hand raising 
• Facilitate discussion 
• Quieter students get 
involved 
• Large class sizes: g...
7 
Findings 
• Twitter has worked well in extending classroom 
boundaries and encouraging in-class collaboration 
• Builds...
8 
Some hints and tips 
• Don’t assume all students 
know how to use Twitter 
• Encourage everyone to access 
• Facilitate...
9 
http://gcwood.staff.shef.ac.uk/sltc/14 
g.c.wood@sheffield.ac.uk | @GC_Wood | +GaryWood84 
10/09/2014 © The University ...
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Twitter in Learning & Teaching

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Twitter is widely used by undergraduate students, and this presentation offers a case study of its adoption to support students on three undergraduate modules. It considers the use of Twitter in-class to facilitate discussion, feedback and collaboration, particularly in large-group teaching, where discussion can be difficult to initiate and make inclusive. It also shows how Twitter provides great opportunities to extend traditional classroom boundaries, considering two ways in which this is so. First, it offers a replacement to email communication that promotes more collaborative, dialogue-based interaction, closer to that which occurs within the face-to-face classroom environment. Second, in so doing, it provides enhanced opportunities for continuous student feedback and intervention-based support. In short, we will see how Twitter encourages student engagement within and between classes, promoting students’ self-led, peer-supported learning.

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Twitter in Learning & Teaching

  1. 1. 1 Twittering On and On: Using Twitter for student engagement and interaction in the classroom and beyond. CiCS TEL Fest 2014 Gary C. Wood University of Sheffield Enterprise g.c.wood@sheffield.ac.uk | @GC_Wood | +GaryWood84
  2. 2. 2 “I’m doing the show because 16 million people watch it. If people are watching I’m A Celebrity, that is where MPs should be going.” 10/09/2014 © The University of Sheffield / Gary C. Wood Itv.com
  3. 3. 3 • 140 characters about what people had for dinner? • Purpose: • Shared interests, purpose, goal • Could this apply in teaching? 10/09/2014 © The University of Sheffield / Gary C. Wood flickr.com/skipnclick
  4. 4. 4 Trying it out • Concerns: • Students have devices? • Invading ‘their’ space? • Hashtags for my modules • Encouraged others to sign up – 10 minute demo. 10/09/2014 © The University of Sheffield / Gary C. Wood flickr.com/misspixels
  5. 5. 5 Outside classroom • Links to additional info and resources • Discussion of topics/ideas • Support and reassurance • Replace email. 10/09/2014 © The University of Sheffield / Gary C. Wood flickr.com/jiscinfonet
  6. 6. 6 In classroom • Virtual hand raising • Facilitate discussion • Quieter students get involved • Large class sizes: group discussion – feed in, feedback and feed-forward • Feedback from tutor. 10/09/2014 © The University of Sheffield / Gary C. Wood flickr.com/rasdourian
  7. 7. 7 Findings • Twitter has worked well in extending classroom boundaries and encouraging in-class collaboration • Builds rapport with students – let them see you’re human! • Increased perception of availability/accessibility – but reduced workload • Students come to classes better prepared • Students like it. 10/09/2014 © The University of Sheffield / Gary C. Wood flickr.com/chiotsrun
  8. 8. 8 Some hints and tips • Don’t assume all students know how to use Twitter • Encourage everyone to access • Facilitate and encourage discussion • Use lists instead of following students. 10/09/2014 © The University of Sheffield / Gary C. Wood
  9. 9. 9 http://gcwood.staff.shef.ac.uk/sltc/14 g.c.wood@sheffield.ac.uk | @GC_Wood | +GaryWood84 10/09/2014 © The University of Sheffield / Gary C. Wood

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