How to Use Twitter in Higher Education

I decided that I will list my Twitter name on the syllabus for the class I am teaching that begins tomorrow, Project Management for Training. I decided to do this after reading an article in the Chronicle, Forget E-Mail: New Messaging Service Has Students and Professors Atwitter. As my class is in a continuing education certificate program, I am not sure how or what I will do with it, but I know nothing will happen unless I take the first steps.

While my class will only touch on technology, I am interested in listing the Twitter address and seeing where it may lead. Has anybody out there effectively used Twitter in an adult-oriented, non-technology focused class?

10 thoughts on “How to Use Twitter in Higher Education

  1. Perhaps I should have titled this “How SHOULD I Use Twitter in Higher Education?”

    As I am going to introduce it in my class tomorrow, I may try to record what I learn here. Stay tuned . . .

  2. It will be interesting to see how the students react to the additional info. I have it on my George Brown syllabus but then again I’m teaching “trainer’s toolkits” using new media so it seems appropriate there. Let me know how it goes with your class

  3. I’m curious as well since I will be “teaching” Twitter to my class on Wed. My only assignment so far will be to use Tweet Scan to search for topics and find potential people to follow… and perhaps peruse the “Twitter Packs” site to see if any of those recommendations spark their interest.

  4. I will certainly share what I learn, Chris.

    This is an exciting time, as education often follows practice and tries to explain and organize how best to approach it. I am usually well after the point when practice itself is developing, much less when education tries to explore it!

  5. I too am experimenting with twitter in my music theory course. A bit late in my semester to be fooling around with it, but I think it will be a fun and useful tool next year.

  6. I like using Twitter, Kimberly, even though my students are not always the most open to using it (regardless of the age of the students I am teaching at the time). There is increasing discussion about using it, from everything as a test review to a classroom backchannel, though I suppose the main issue is that communication in education has changed and continues to change quicker than those of us who have finally figured out how to expect even basic email communication in a class.

  7. I am a doctoral candidate and would like to have a chance to talk to you in real time about your expertise. My research revolves around the use of twitter in higher education.
    Kimberly Arp

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