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Twitter
Using

in Academic Teaching
#yorksocmed

Ned Potter
Academic Liaison
Please go to http://twtpoll.com/yorksocmed
and fill out my one-question survey
Plan for today: explore why
Twitter might be useful in the
academic environment, set up
Twitter profiles (if you don’t
alr...
What
is Twitter?
Twitter is a social network which
allows users to exchange public
messages of 140 characters or less,
known as Tweets.
It’...
Tweets can be entirely text-based or they can
contain multimedia such as images or video,
and links to anything online.
It works like this:
Your tweets are seen by other Twitter
users who follow you; you see the
tweets of users you follow. Yo...
THREE
Twitter
MYTHS
1: YOU CAN’T SAY
ANYTHING IN 140
CHARACTERS.
Yes you can, because Twitter is meant to
be a conversation rather than a
broa...
2: IT’S JUST PEOPLE
SAYING WHAT THEY
HAD FOR LUNCH.
No it isn’t – only celebrities really do
that, because they have so ma...
3: IT’S GREAT FOR RESEARCH
AND BUILDING REPUTATION,
BUT IT CAN’T BE USED FOR
LEARING AND TEACHING..
Twitter is certainly m...
Why
use Twitter?

non-teaching-reasons
Connect with your peers
Twitter is a brilliant networking tool – for
finding researchers with similar interests, for
keepi...
If you follow the right people on
Twitter you’ll always know when
the latest papers are published,
when calls for papers a...
Twitter is a great way to tell
people about your research
outputs, your current projects, and
your professional activities...
(Highly tweeted articles are 11
times more likely to be cited than
less-tweeted articles)
Eyesenbach, 2011, Can tweets pre...
Also

Twitter is FUN.
Click the pic for some more

academic perspectives

on the non-teaching aspects
Find Tweeters by discipline:

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2011/09/02/academic-tweeters-your-suggestions-...
Departmental tweeters:
@uniofyork is the main account of the University
@UoYLibrary is the Library’s account
@UoYITService...
Key
concepts
defined
Tweet: your tweet is your message. 140
characters. Seen by a: your followers who
happen to be online at the time and b: an...
@reply: you can converse directly with someone
by putting their username (beginning with @)
into your tweet – this will en...
Hashtag: a #hashtag is a way to bring together
disparate users on the same topic, without the
tweets needing to know each ...
Time to get started.
Go to Twitter.com and follow the
instructions EXCERCISE 1 in the
hand-out, Getting to know Twitter.

...
The key issue for today:
4 ways
to use
Twitter for
teaching
1) Support the module
Using a hashtag for the module
(e.g. ##CHE2C32) provide further
reading suggestions, interesting
lin...
2) Enhance the lecture / labsession / clinic
The backchannel… Allows students to ask
questions, emboldens them, allows the...
Unlike other places we encourage
students to interact (message boards
in BlackBoard for example), with
Twitter many studen...
3) Keep in touch
Excellent for postgrads who aren’t on
campus – but also for all students, to
have regular interaction out...
4) Synchronous and
asynchronous communication
Twitter allows you to post key information
to found later – as does BlackBoa...
Gary Wood at Sheffield has asked that students
direct all questions to him via Twitter (unless
sensitive) and it has signi...
Tweetbeam.com
Allows you to visualise tweets on a topic, in
real-time, on big screens in the lab/seminar/lecture
Go to

www.tweetbeam.com,

and type in the hashtag
for this session #yorksocmed
But surely we can’t MAKE the students
sign up for Twitter?
We cannot enforce UG
participation of any social
media platform – and all
the same information
must be also provided for
s...
We cannot enforce UG
participation of any social
media platform – and all
the same information
must be also provided for
s...
Exercise 3.
Embed the #YorkSocMed stream
(or anything else you fancy) into a
BlackBoard module – follow the
instructions o...
E.g.
Academic Tweeting
Archaeology academic at York.
Uses Twitter in teaching with
Yr3 and Postgrad students (as
well as for research and other
p...
Year 3 students created blogs as part of
summative assessments, and used Twitter in
conjuction with this.
“In combination ...
Using it with Masters students has seem results
vary according to the character of the cohort.
“I've used the #yorkchm2 ha...
More on the horizon.
“Starting in two weeks, I am launching a new

Master's level module where I am requiring
students to ...
Here's a blurb from the module description to
explain my rationale for necessitating Twitter use:
We will also explore the...
Tweeting

well
Generally speaking there are
three kinds of Twitter tips for HE
1

Twitter in general

2

Twitter for teaching

3

Twitter...
Twitter in general
Above all, remember it’s not
about broadcasting, it’s
about conversation!
Twitter for research
Consider the 1 in 4 rule*

Tweets directly
about your work
Twitter for research
Consider the 1 in 4 rule*
A ReTweet?
A reply?

Tweets directly
about your work

A link to something u...
Twitter for teaching
research
4 out of 4 should relate to the module
A ReTweet?
A reminder?

Additional
assignment
or read...
Try not to think of it as
purely personal or purely
professional – it works
better when it’s both.

Twitter for research
Try not to think of it as
purely personal or purely
professional – it works
better when it’s both.
(For this reason I’d re...
Teaching accounts should be
purely professional.
(For this reason I would recommend a separate
account, perhaps even one p...
Embrace the smartphone!
(Soon there will only BE smartphones
so you may as well get started now.)

Twitter in general
Embrace the smartphone!
(Soon there will only BE smartphones
so you may as well get started now.)
Tweet from conferences
(...
Look for third-party content that
related to the module’s subject
matter, for example news reports
and media analysis, oth...
Don’t just make statements,
ask questions.

Twitter in general
Twitter in general
You need to actually tell people
you’re there.
Twitter in general
You need to actually tell people
you’re there.
@username on your
business cards
on your PowerPoint
pres...
Any questions,
comments, ideas,
plans?
Thanks for coming!
Feel free to get in touch with follow
up questions: ned.potter@york.ac.uk
Library support for Researche...
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