Teaching through blogs and tweeting: possible, or a pipe dream?
- And the answers rolled in. Unsurprisingly, undergraduates’ hierarchy of social media usage is different from ours, most notably in their much more heavy use of Facebook.
- And then (ramping up the meta-ness of this conversation) there is Twitter:
- In conclusion then, it seems students use Twitter much like the rest of humanity - in a multitude of different ways. Which is, really, why Twitter has become so popular: the only constraint on how you use it is the need for brevity.
- Ron Schott, of course, has experimented with using social media in education more than most, with mixed results.
- But even if students prefer communicating via Facebook or (less often) Twitter, is there a place for blogging?
- One clear concern with this is in terms of students’ control of their online identity.
- (another thing that I should have added is that with blogs at least, there is the potential for making them private, and giving student the option of deleting their entries at the end of the course).
- Indeed, there is much to ponder, and clearly it will take some time before the value of using social media to teach or communicate with students, and the most effective ways of doing so, become clear. But let’s end on a positive note.
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