Twitter logoFor the past several years, Twitter has been voted the #1 tool for learning, and research has shown that it can enhance student collaboration, engagement, and success.  Below are some more resources and tips on using Twitter effectively in the classroom and for your own professional networking, as well as resources on helping students develop and control their digital identities online.

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Guides and articles on using Twitter

Research and best practices on using Twitter in the classroom

  • The effect of Twitter on college student engagement and grades (pdf) by Rey Junco et al.
    • “The ANOVA results showed that the experimental group had a significantly greater increase in engagement than the control group, as well as higher semester grade point averages. Analyses of Twitter communications showed that students and faculty were both highly engaged in the learning process in ways that transcended traditional classroom activities. This study provides experimental evidence that Twitter can be used as an educational tool to help engage students and to mobilize faculty into a more active and participatory role.”
  • Putting twitter to the test: Assessing outcomes for student collaboration, engagement and success by Rey Junco et al.
    • “Qualitative analyses of tweets and quantitative outcomes show that faculty participation on the platform, integration of Twitter into the course based on a theoretically driven pedagogical model and requiring students to use Twitter are essential components of improved outcomes.”
  • Beyond Bieber: Twitter Improves Student Learning – by Christine Greenhow et al.

Teaching with Twitter case studies

Students, digital identity development, and social media policies

Social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, and blogs can help students and teachers create professional identities and portfolios. This can be helpful for professional development, learner development, and getting jobs (wouldn’t it be nicer if a prospective employer Googled and found a student’s professional portfolio rather than just personal Facebook posts, for example). In a sense, social media tools help reconnect the students and the classroom to the world. They can also help teachers and instructors connect with one another as well as with other professionals in the world. The student-teacher connection can also persist outside of the classroom even after a class is over.

However, these kinds of tools also in a sense create new “digital identities” for students and teachers that present several issues to consider. These tools require a new kind of “digital literacy.” For example, students need to understand that what they post online is not private, and that there are skills involved in effectively using social media tools and participating in online communities. These tools may also impact how students identify as learners (learner identities). See the book Learning Identities in a Digital Age, and reviews here and here.

Here are more resources on digital identity and also resources on creating social media policies in higher education:

Using social networks for research and professional networking

At Embry-Riddle, some faculty incorporating Twitter into their teaching include:

  • Jay Gokhale – Assistant Professor of Economics.  See him on Twitter at @JayendraGokhale.

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