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Adoption Assessment Tool

Twitter as Learning Tool -- Levels of Educational Use
Twitter is defined in a course context as a light-weight micro blogging platform used to support micro interactions and social
networking in the service of student community building, discussions, tracking & reporting, metacognition and a variety of
spontaneous learning activities. [As David Pogue said, “Twitter is whatever you make of it.”]

In-class Back Channel for Outside of Class Discussions In-class Directed Discussion (Rankin
Discussion style)
Used to collate classroom views
Active Used to support ad hoc class Open question/topical discussion format
discussions or lecture commenting • Setup topics with separate 1. Use semi-anonymous Twitter stream
(use hashtags to categorize real- twitter accounts or hashtags of comments to lead discussions
time, on-task chatter/texting • Students initiate and/ or follow (requires TweetDeck screen refresh)
(M.Sample) topics and participate in 2. Twitter aggregates and collates
discussion per instructor student responses to separate
protocols asynchronously. webpage
3. End of class large group processing
4. Optional step to analyze aggregated
Good for community building, content (could be used as makeup
Good for monitoring key points in a discussions, assignments assignment for missed class)
discussion, collating viewpoints
Good for engaging all students in
discussions in large lecture classes
(monitoring key points, collating
viewpoints)
Lightly Structured Activities Tracking Activities Metacognition/Self-regulation
(low threshold) • find and follow instructor, Student activity to share resources and
Follow some instruction and Tweet experts, topics report on self learning events like difficult
about it topics, interesting applications etc.
• gather course feedback Feedback Activities - Muddiest point
• ambient office hours • language or writing practice - One thing I learned most (S.Klein)
Passiv • poll class (e.g., identify an
object (D.Cohen)
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Institutional communication Instructor communication channel Broadcast course links and share
channel (outreach, alerts etc.) (e.g., announcements, reminders) resources

Prepared by Rick Reo on behalf of DoIT/LSS, 9/09
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Prepared by Rick Reo on behalf of DoIT/LSS, 9/09