TEL me more about…Twitter

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At the last TEL me more event in February Debbie Alston talked about how she has been using Twitter to engage her students with learning content on her module. Often Twitter is referred to as a microblogging site where users are able to post short (140 characters) messages which are then shared with those who are following them or view their profile on Twitter. Some topics may be linked together using hashtags (words or phrases prefixed with #, e.g. #TELmemore).

You may already be familiar with Twitter but just in case you aren’t this useful video provides an overview of what Twitter is and how it can be used.

Twitter has long been used in higher education and other education sectors. Below are just a few articles from around the web with ideas on how it could be used to support learning, teaching and assessment. Some of the articles also discuss the pros and cons of using this type of technology, helping you to consider how you might introduce this technology to your students.

You may also find it useful to look at the Universities Guidance for Academic Practice with Social Media.

Also as Twitter has been around for a while there are a number of different research papers which also investigate the impact the use of Twitter has on learning.

If you would like to know more about how you could use Twitter with your students, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning Team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext. 1865.

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