Upgrading the classroom (ECER2013)

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Upgrading the classroom: Bring the backchannel upfront using the cloud
Focus of this paper is how the open micro blog service Twitter can be used as backchannel in a formal educational setting and what impact it might have on teaching when used by the students

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Upgrading the classroom (ECER2013)

  1. 1. IntroductionUpgrading the classroom: Bring the backchannel upfront using the cloud Lennart Karlsson & Ann-Britt Enochsson, Karlstads universitet, Sweden #ECER2013_ID964 Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/lennkarl100/upgrading-the-classroom-ecer2013
  2. 2. Definition • Backchannel – what defines it • Victor Yngve • Secret notes • Cliff Atkinson
  3. 3. Theoretical base • Social constructivism / Vygotskij • Communication / Bahktin • Participation / Lave & Wenger • Activity theory / Engeström
  4. 4. Focus & aim • A teacher perspective • Synchronous and/or Asynchronous affects • Communicative significance • Importance as teaching tool • Importance as evaluation tool • Assessment purposes
  5. 5. METHOD Settings - When, how and what
  6. 6. The study • Core facts • Conducted during 4 weeks in aug-sept 2011 • 26 students in the study group • Total of 2085 tweets, three different hashtags
  7. 7. Tech settings • Twitter as a informal LMS • Adobe Connect and It´s Learning (the formal LMS`s) • Archivist as tool for archiving the tweets • TwDocs as tool for physical documentation • Tweetdeck as operative platform
  8. 8. Course activities • Five course activity areas • Group conversations • Literature seminars • Administrative purposes • Collaborative notebook • Collective inscription
  9. 9. DATA
  10. 10. #hashtags • Three major hashtags • A total of 2085 Tweets • #BrodLind and #Akerlund dedicated different literature seminars with subsequent student discussions • #LPAAIT11 the major ”study” hashtag used to mark all tweets except the above mentioned
  11. 11. The volume The grey graph represents tweets marked with #LPAAIT11, the white with #Akerlund As above the grey graph represents tweets marked with #LPAAIT11, the white with #BrodLind
  12. 12. FINDINGS & CONCLUSIONS
  13. 13. Affects • In synchronous situations •Distraction •Distortion
  14. 14. Split vision • A teachers perspective • A moderator in synchronous situations • (If the teacher needs the support)
  15. 15. Significance • Asynchronous communication
  16. 16. Collaborative • Sharing and cooperating • In a teachers perspective • Motivating through collaboration and openess • Secures the ”origin of thought”
  17. 17. Assessment • Fulfilment of curricular targets • Evaluation of ones own practice
  18. 18. Backchannel • Teaching through collaboration in a open, sponteanus, self-directed and motivating inviroment… #ECER2013_ID964 Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/lennkarl100/upgrading-the-classroom-ecer2013

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