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Twitter in Education: Interactively exploring the
conversation with TAGS and TAGSExplorer
Martin Hawksey
@mhawksey
#TLCWeb...
alt.ac.uk
Outcomes
◊ Able to perform basic Twitter analysis techniques;
◊ understanding of the limitations and opportuniti...
Why?
3
Image: CC-BY-NC-ND Tintin44
https://flic.kr/p/7oLZc5
alt.ac.uk@mhawksey 4
Education is changinging
@mhawksey 5
Image: CC-BY-ND Bryan Mathers
https://flic.kr/p/p2UJ5d
Connected now…
©EDUCAUSE
http://vimeo.com/76178422
@mhawksey Image credit: http://edtechreview.in/images/Daily/E-Learning/twitter_learning_tool.jpg
What’s happening …
@mhawksey 8
ActivePassive
Dialogic
Transmission
In-class Backchannel
Uses: ad hoc class discussion,
real-time commenting, recording
divergent viewpoints
Benefits: engages...
vulnerability
©Alec Couros
https://flic.kr/p/64ZQkd
Patterns are
…left behind
Courtesy Marc Smith
http://www.slideshare.net/Marc_A_Smith/2013-nodexl-social-media-network-anal...
alt.ac.uk
Twitter Search
12@mhawksey
alt.ac.uk13@mhawksey
@mhawksey 14
Lets interface … {API}Image credit: CC-BY-NC nikki
https://flic.kr/p/5d59EW
alt.ac.uk
Twitter Search API – Single tweet
16@mhawksey
alt.ac.uk
Twitter Search API Limits
◊ Data from last ~7-9 days
◊ Last 18,000 tweets for search term
◊ Developer ‘Rules of ...
alt.ac.uk@mhawksey 18
Twitter Archiving Google Sheet
alt.ac.uk19
alt.ac.uk20@mhawksey
alt.ac.uk
Google Sheet benefits
21@mhawksey
alt.ac.uk
Going further… TAGSExplorer
22@mhawksey
alt.ac.uk
Breaking the cell
23
alt.ac.uk
Activity
Worksheet - go.alt.ac.uk/TAGSSetup
Note: Links are case sensitive
24@mhawksey
alt.ac.uk
SocioViz
@mhawksey 25
alt.ac.uk@mhawksey
nodexl.codeplex.com
26
alt.ac.uk
Summary
◊ Able to perform basic Twitter analysis techniques;
◊ Understanding of the limitations and
opportunitie...
alt.ac.uk28
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/social-media-analytics
@mhawksey
STARTS 20 AUGUST
alt.ac.uk
Worksheet - go.alt.ac.uk/TAGSSetup
Slides - go.alt.ac.uk/TLCWebinarTAGS
Note: Links are case sensitive
Thank you...
Association for Learning Technology
Registered charity number: 1063519
www.alt.ac.uk @A_L_T
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There has been much research in the use of social media to support learning and teaching. In many instances it is argued that it enables a decentralization of learning moving towards a distributed model which has many benefits including supporting a stronger foundation for lifelong learning.

Twitter is one service that has been widely used within this context. The introduction of hashtags as a mechanism to allow communities to form and contribute to a topic is now a well established model within both formal and informal education as well as in society in general. The use of Twitter in this way removes boundaries extending the opportunities for co-learning, in particular, discussions can become less siloed, every contribution to a hashtag community is potentially another opportunity for someone else to join the conversation. The thinning of the walls in this way is not without it implications and the vulnerability of being a learner should never be underestimated. Another consideration is that Twitter has been adopted as a tool to support learning in this way rather than being designed for this purpose. As a result exploring and finding understanding within hashtag communities can be problematic and with many open learning contexts individuals can end up feeling lost.

This conversation will explore approaches to help learners and educators gain more insight and a feeling of place within hashtag communities. As part of this we will look at TAGS and TAGSExplorer tools (https://tags.hawksey.info) which have been developed with educators and learners in mind to help support the collection, analysis and exploration of Twitter hashtag communities. These free tools provide a means to collect data from Twitter searches and analysis the results either in Google Sheets, where the data is collected, or visualized in the companion TAGSExplorer web interface. As part of this conversation we will touch upon the limitation of data collection from Twitter and issues around data protection and privacy. We will also provide some examples of where TAGS/TAGSExplorer has been used within an educational context.

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  1. 1. Twitter in Education: Interactively exploring the conversation with TAGS and TAGSExplorer Martin Hawksey @mhawksey #TLCWebinar Slides go.alt.ac.uk/TLCWebinarTAGS This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0. CC-BY mhawksey
  2. 2. alt.ac.uk Outcomes ◊ Able to perform basic Twitter analysis techniques; ◊ understanding of the limitations and opportunities of data from Twitter; ◊ *Inspire* you to do more 2@mhawksey
  3. 3. Why? 3 Image: CC-BY-NC-ND Tintin44 https://flic.kr/p/7oLZc5
  4. 4. alt.ac.uk@mhawksey 4
  5. 5. Education is changinging @mhawksey 5 Image: CC-BY-ND Bryan Mathers https://flic.kr/p/p2UJ5d
  6. 6. Connected now… ©EDUCAUSE http://vimeo.com/76178422
  7. 7. @mhawksey Image credit: http://edtechreview.in/images/Daily/E-Learning/twitter_learning_tool.jpg
  8. 8. What’s happening … @mhawksey 8 ActivePassive Dialogic Transmission
  9. 9. In-class Backchannel Uses: ad hoc class discussion, real-time commenting, recording divergent viewpoints Benefits: engages less vocal students, archives otherwise ephemeral comments Outside of Class Discussions Uses: extend class discussions, exchange comments about readings or questions about assignments Benefits: community building, continuity between class sessions In-class Directed Discussion Uses: Open or guided questions with student responses collected for later analysis Benefits: engages all students in discussions in large lecture classes Tracking Activities Uses: find and follow instructor experts in the field, or key topics Benefits: exposure to the lager cultural conversation about the class material Lightly Structured Activities Uses: solicit course feedback, offer ambient office hours, poll class, language or writing practice Benefits: flexibility, availability, scalability Metacognitive/Reflective Activities Uses: students report on self learning, articulate their difficulties, recap the most valuable lesson of the day Benefits: fosters critical thinking Institutional communication Uses: community outreach, alerts, announcements Instructor Communication Uses: announcements, syllabus changes, reminders Pedagogical Communication Uses: sharing timely links and resources Student Activity DialogicTransmission Passive Active Mark Sample’s Twitter Adoption Matrix @mhawksey 9
  10. 10. vulnerability ©Alec Couros https://flic.kr/p/64ZQkd
  11. 11. Patterns are …left behind Courtesy Marc Smith http://www.slideshare.net/Marc_A_Smith/2013-nodexl-social-media-network-analysis11
  12. 12. alt.ac.uk Twitter Search 12@mhawksey
  13. 13. alt.ac.uk13@mhawksey
  14. 14. @mhawksey 14
  15. 15. Lets interface … {API}Image credit: CC-BY-NC nikki https://flic.kr/p/5d59EW
  16. 16. alt.ac.uk Twitter Search API – Single tweet 16@mhawksey
  17. 17. alt.ac.uk Twitter Search API Limits ◊ Data from last ~7-9 days ◊ Last 18,000 tweets for search term ◊ Developer ‘Rules of the Road’ on storage 17@mhawksey
  18. 18. alt.ac.uk@mhawksey 18 Twitter Archiving Google Sheet
  19. 19. alt.ac.uk19
  20. 20. alt.ac.uk20@mhawksey
  21. 21. alt.ac.uk Google Sheet benefits 21@mhawksey
  22. 22. alt.ac.uk Going further… TAGSExplorer 22@mhawksey
  23. 23. alt.ac.uk Breaking the cell 23
  24. 24. alt.ac.uk Activity Worksheet - go.alt.ac.uk/TAGSSetup Note: Links are case sensitive 24@mhawksey
  25. 25. alt.ac.uk SocioViz @mhawksey 25
  26. 26. alt.ac.uk@mhawksey nodexl.codeplex.com 26
  27. 27. alt.ac.uk Summary ◊ Able to perform basic Twitter analysis techniques; ◊ Understanding of the limitations and opportunities of data from Twitter; ◊ *Inspire* you to do more 27@mhawksey
  28. 28. alt.ac.uk28 https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/social-media-analytics @mhawksey STARTS 20 AUGUST
  29. 29. alt.ac.uk Worksheet - go.alt.ac.uk/TAGSSetup Slides - go.alt.ac.uk/TLCWebinarTAGS Note: Links are case sensitive Thank you! @mhawksey+MartinHawksey 29@mhawksey
  30. 30. Association for Learning Technology Registered charity number: 1063519 www.alt.ac.uk @A_L_T

There has been much research in the use of social media to support learning and teaching. In many instances it is argued that it enables a decentralization of learning moving towards a distributed model which has many benefits including supporting a stronger foundation for lifelong learning. Twitter is one service that has been widely used within this context. The introduction of hashtags as a mechanism to allow communities to form and contribute to a topic is now a well established model within both formal and informal education as well as in society in general. The use of Twitter in this way removes boundaries extending the opportunities for co-learning, in particular, discussions can become less siloed, every contribution to a hashtag community is potentially another opportunity for someone else to join the conversation. The thinning of the walls in this way is not without it implications and the vulnerability of being a learner should never be underestimated. Another consideration is that Twitter has been adopted as a tool to support learning in this way rather than being designed for this purpose. As a result exploring and finding understanding within hashtag communities can be problematic and with many open learning contexts individuals can end up feeling lost. This conversation will explore approaches to help learners and educators gain more insight and a feeling of place within hashtag communities. As part of this we will look at TAGS and TAGSExplorer tools (https://tags.hawksey.info) which have been developed with educators and learners in mind to help support the collection, analysis and exploration of Twitter hashtag communities. These free tools provide a means to collect data from Twitter searches and analysis the results either in Google Sheets, where the data is collected, or visualized in the companion TAGSExplorer web interface. As part of this conversation we will touch upon the limitation of data collection from Twitter and issues around data protection and privacy. We will also provide some examples of where TAGS/TAGSExplorer has been used within an educational context.

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