Since its launch in 2006, the social media and connection website, Twitter, has transformed the lives of millions of individuals. From citizens’ uprisings in the Arab Spring to the sheer deliberative potential that this concise referencing web tool has for democratic self-governing populations across the globe, Twitter has revolutionized the way humansconsume and share information.
Several scholars have explored the enhancements that Twitter can offer the college classroom and its learning environment. As with social activists, art or music fans, or politics junkies, Twitter’s ability to link—in a unique, but almost limit-less fashion—like-minded individuals offers university students and teachers an incredible platform to expand learning and connection opportunities. This capability could easily have a profound impact on engaging students in the 100+ classroom.
This workshop will offer a brief survey of scholarly findings about Twitter in higher education. Much of the session will proceed as a tutorial on the uses of Twitter for faculty who have not explored this social media tool. The session will highlight: 1. How to set up a Twitter account, and will assist faculty members in doing so; 2. How to manage the account, follow other users, and compose tweets; 3. How to manage hashtags, the twitter app on their smartphones or tablets, and other features unique to the Twitter-sphere that might intimidate non-users. Finally, a Q&A and discussion session will examine how Twitter-based interactive curricula has been/might be developed and embedded into class assignments and operations.