Twearning: Twitter + Active Learning = Improved Student Engagement

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Slideshow for presentation on Twitter and learning at the 6th Sloan-C Conference in 2013 Updated April 9, 2013


  • 1. TWEARNING: TWITTER + ACTIVE LEARNING= IMPROVED STUDENT ENGAGEMENT ANDPERFORMANCE Ida M. Jones Professor, Fresno State Director, Center for the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching Website: Mobile App:

2. HOW DO WE ENGAGE STUDENTS? 3. WHAT IS TWITTER? Microblog Twitter is a real-time information network that connectsyou to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and newsabout what you find interesting. Simply find theaccounts you find most compelling and follow theconversations. At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of informationcalled Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, butdont let the small size fool youyou can discover a lotin a little space. You can see photos, videos andconversations directly in Tweets to get the whole storyat a glance, and all in one placeSource: 4. WHO USES TWITTER? 5. Twitter Break (3-5minutes)Tweet: What possibleways could Twitterbe used ineducation? Any questions andcomments (dontforget hashtag!)TWITTER BREAK (3-5 MINUTES) 6. ACTIVATE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT AND CREATEA GROUP FOR A TWITTER ACTIVITY Preparation: Reviveor open your Twitter account Find several people to form a group (2-5) OR bea lone ranger Choose a topic, individual or group to follow;suggestions include Student engagement; Motivating students Twitter in education Steve Wheeler (conference keynote speaker) Merlotorg 7. Twitter Break (3-5minutes)Tweet: What did youlearn from thisgroup activity? Any questions andcomments (dontforget hashtag!)TWITTER BREAK (3-5 MINUTES) 8. 21ST CENTURY LITERACIES Attention Participation Collaboration Network awareness Critical consumptionAttention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies by Howard Rheingold, available at 9. 7 PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE INUNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION Encourage contact between students andfaculty, Develop reciprocity and cooperation amongstudents, Encourage active learning, Give prompt feedback, Emphasize time on task, Communicate high expectations, and Respect diverse talents and ways of learning 10. COMPARISON OF TWO APPROACHESRheingoldChickering and Gamson Encourage contact between Attentionstudents and faculty, Participation Develop reciprocity and cooperation among students, Collaboration Encourage active learning, Network awareness Give prompt feedback, Emphasize time on task, Critical consumption Communicate high expectations, and Respect diverse talents and ways of learning 11. Motivating PeopleDr. Dan Ariely Once you makesomething you likeit more Hard to care tomake a short termsacrifice for longterm benefitHOW DO YOU MOTIVATE THE UNMOTIVATED TO LEARN? (5 MINUTE VIDEO) 12. Twitter Break (3-5minutes)For Discussion What is the Ikeaeffect? What is the rewardsubstitution? Questions andComments (dontforget hashtag!)TWITTER BREAK (3-5 MINUTES) 13. MY TWEETING CLASS Sports Marketing Law class Required for Sports Marketing majors 18 students Most hadnt used much technology in their marketing classes previously Survey: 50% created a Twitter account for the first time in this class 14. USE TWITTER TO REINFORCE LEARNING 15. TWITTER ASSIGNMENT-REINFORCING LEARNING Student Assignments Take notes and ask questions during class Tweet outside class 5 minute presentation which was a groupsummary of weekly tweets Course Goals: More involvement with andknowledge of course contentC & G-moretime on taskand hopefullymorefeedback! 16. EXPECTATIONS FROM ASSIGNMENTREQUIREMENTS Substantive questions about reading Reflection about reading Substantive comment about a current event Substantive comment or question about the tweets of someone the student is C & G-more followingtime on taskandhopefullymorefeedback! 17. TWITTER ASSIGNMENT-FOLLOWING APROFESSIONAL ATHLETE; DEVELOP A SOCIALMEDIA POLICY Evaluate Twitter use and legal implications by 3 sports figures and develop a proposed policy Favorite sport Identify 3 professional athletes who have twitter accounts End of proposed policy on athletes use of social media 18. How do you assess accomplishment of objectives? ASSESSMENT 19. STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF TWITTER USE Contribute to Knowledge of Content? Pre: 56% Agreed/Strongly Agreed Post 64% Agreed/Strongly Agreed Would Make No Difference Pre: 25% Post:17% 20. COURSE GRADES: SPRING 2011/SPRING 2012 21. HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS EFFECTIVENESS OFTWITTER USE? Observation Student surveys Think Aloud/Brainstorming Tests/Quizzes Papers Concept Maps Problem solving/Decision-making 22. QUESTIONS & COMMENTS