Twitter is an social media platform which allows its users to write short posts known as tweets, amass followers, follow relevant accounts, ‘like’ content, and follow and contribute to discussions using hashtags.
The open nature of Twitter as a platform affords many opportunities for teaching and learning. Twitter can provide a platform for learners to be able to concisely express their ideas, engage critically with concepts, and empower students to actively engage with both learners from within their learning cohort, experts working in their field, and the broader community.
In this coffee course, we will explore practical strategies and considerations when deploying Twitter for teaching and learning in higher education, discuss how Twitter can support pedagogical approaches, and learn how to navigate the inherent pitfalls of teaching on social media.
Tuesday, 8 October to Friday, 11 October 2019. There will be 4 blog posts, one per day, that will take about 15-20 minutes to work through. You are welcome to work through the course at your own pace, any time.
Day 1: What is Twitter, and why would you use it for teaching and learning?
Day 2: Designing Twitter activities.
Day 3: Practical considerations and managing Twitter in your course.
Day 4: Exploring case studies and live Twitter chat.
All are welcome
We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course.
How to participate
The entire course will be conducted online, at your own pace through this blog. We encourage you to make a cup of coffee or tea and work through the material. Each post includes an activity or discussion question for you to respond to in the comment section of the blog. Be sure to subscribe to the blog (scroll down to the bottom, enter your email address and click on the red Subscribe button). If you use an RSS reader you can subscribe to the blog feed as well. You’ll receive an email each time a new post is made, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Rebecca Goodway, Senior Learning Designer, Swinburne University of Technology
Follow Rebecca on Twitter @rebeccagoodway
Rebecca is a Senior Learning Designer in the Learning Transformations Unit at Swinburne University of Technology. Rebecca provides expertise to academic staff in the use of technologies for online and blended learning, provides learning design support to faculty and project teams, and contributes to broader LTU activities and workshops.
Katie Freund, Senior Learning Designer, ANU
Follow Katie on Twitter @katiedigc
Dr Katie Freund is a Senior Learning Designer at the Australian National University. She is the leads professional development on technology-enhanced learning and is a researcher in digital communication and higher education.