What are you doing about TWITTER and learning?

Twitter enables social networking, live searching and link-sharing that appeals to many young people and those at work because it has a ‘right now’ feel to it. In 12 months (between April 2008-09) user numbers increased by 1,298% and now stands at 17.1 million users.

Twitter is a free, readily accessible, very easy to use, web 2.0 platform that limits each message to brief posts (‘tweets’), i.e. maximum 140 characters long. They can be received and sent by computer or mobile.

These tweets are received only by those who have chosen to receive them (called ‘followers’) or by those in a Twitter ‘group’. They are used for reporting on activity, exchanging ideas by people who are not together but also to provide a ‘back channel’ during more formal proceedings such as a conference.

Now where is the use for learning. Isn’t tweeting knowledge sharing???

This week’s issue of TIME magazine addressed the Twitter issue – demonstrating embryonic uses in wide scale news sharing, the growing value of searching, and advertising.

At Leicester, we’re planning to have a go and test out tweeting as a pedagogical process.

What are you doing about it right now?

Gilly Salmon

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  1. Failing to get funded for the bid we pout into UoL FNTI nearly a year ago 😦

  2. jobadge

     /  June 12, 2009

    we are twittering and learning – are you?

  3. Thanks to Alan enthusing about twitter last year, I’ve been on for about 10 months. It’s been a fabulous professional development tool, not to mention the first place I turn now for answers to tricky questions about everything from training, research and the world in general.

  4. Here’s a blog post about an earlier project which ran in Museum Studies and Biological sciences earlier this academic year, on the back of HEAT3 funding, which you might find interesting when developing your new study. I’d be very happy to provide further details:



  5. Already twittering, learning, working and connecting with others within UoL and beyond.


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