In this final post for the course, we will share some advanced Twitter skills, and invite you to think through your own use of Twitter for your teaching. We encourage everyone to join the conversation on Twitter itself, which is full of great discussions from ANU and beyond. Check out the conversation!
Level up your Twitter use
Tweetdeck is a platform you can use to view multiple feeds via one interface. Rather than having to manually search for your favourite or most-used feeds (such as your class hashtag), you can save them for easy access and to help you stay on top of the conversation. For ease of following hashtags you should encourage your students and other staff teaching into your Tweet-powered course to use Tweetdeck.
Ready for the big leagues? Try a livestream video using Periscope, a live streaming app which was acquired by Twitter in 2015. Livestream videos can be made public, or viewable only to selected users. You could use Periscope to livestream lectures, host a Q&A session with students, share a field trip, or other options. For example, we used Periscope to host a Live Chat with a previous coffee course facilitator. Learn more about how to use Periscope here.
Have you ever live-streamed yourself or your teaching? Do you see this as a possible technique you might use? What benefits or challenges might it have?
What are your teaching goals?
We’ve talked in previous coffee courses about the importance of putting pedagogy before technology. In some ways, this course is unusual in that we are focusing on the use of a particular tool rather than a pedagogical approach. Before you apply Twitter in your own teaching, let’s reflect on the particular teaching goals that its use might support.
What types of learning outcomes could be supported by the use of social media? It’s often helpful to refer to Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy when thinking about learning outcomes and technology (Read more).
Another helpful model for thinking about the integration of technology into a course is known as SAMR – Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition. What are the affordances of Twitter compared to other ways of meeting a similar learning outcome? Does this tool represent a substitution for another way of completing the same activity, or does it allow for a totally new way of completing the task, a redefinition? (Or something in-between?)
Where do you think Twitter might fit in an SAMR model, based on how you’d like to use it for your course? Why or why not?
Design a Twitter activity
Taking on board all the discussions and content from the past few days, we encourage you to design an activity for your teaching (or your professional context more widely, if you are not currently teaching) where you use Twitter.
Here are some prompts to guide your thinking. Feel free to include only those that are necessary for you.
- What is your course or context?
- What learning outcomes or objectives would you like to meet?
- How will Twitter support this?
- What are the relevant policies or guidelines at your institution?
- How will you support students to use Twitter?
- How will you manage your time / teacher presence?
- How will you assess it?
- Other ideas or comments?
It’s an opportunity to synthesize all the content and discussions from the rest of the course, and we invite you to share your activity with us in the comments or on Twitter using #TWTCoffeeCourse, and provide some constructive suggestions and feedback to your fellow participants. You’re welcome to share as a document, photo, video, series of tweets – whatever suits you!
Join our live chat!
We hope you can join us, Rebecca and Katie, on Twitter on Friday, 11 October 2019 for a live chat at 11am AEST using the hashtag #TWTCoffeeCourse. We’ll be facilitating a live discussion and inviting your responses.
But this is by no means the end of the discussion. One of the great benefits of Twitter is that conversations can continue beyond the scope of this course, so please keep commenting and sharing. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your ideas, and we look forward to hearing more about your Twitter use for your teaching.