17a) Twittering On and On: Using Twitter for student engagement and interaction in the classroom and beyond.

Gary Wood (English)

Third Session (14:00 – 15:00) 
Inox Conference Suite 2


What is this about?
Twitter is widely used by undergraduate students, and this session will present a case study of its adoption to support students on three undergraduate modules. We will consider the use of Twitter in-class to facilitate discussion, feedback and collaboration, particularly in large-group teaching, where discussion can be difficult to initiate and make inclusive. We will also see that Twitter provides great opportunities to extend traditional classroom boundaries, considering two ways in which this is so. First, it offers a replacement to email communication that promotes more collaborative, dialogue-based interaction, closer to that which occurs within the face-to-face classroom environment. Second, in so doing, it provides enhanced opportunities for continuous student feedback and intervention-based support. In short, we will see how Twitter encourages student engagement within and between classes, promoting students' self-led, peer-supported learning.

How will colleagues benefit?

Colleagues will leave with ideas for using Twitter in their own learning and teaching practice. More specifically, they will have considered how Twitter might support group teaching, and large groups - e.g. lectures - in particular, where it can be difficult to build in student interaction other than by resorting to small group activity within the large group context. Delegates will also see how the social network can improve their efficiency in interacting and communicating with students, and perceived availability to them, whilst - apparently paradoxically - freeing up time by reducing teaching admin outside the classroom. Practical suggestions on how to get started and avoid some sommon initial problems will be offered, as well as access to screencasts after the session to help delegates transfer the ideas into their own modules.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you to everyone who attended this session. If you would like to follow up and access the tutorials I mentioned on getting started with Twitter, you can find my conference webpage at:


    The page has screencasts showing how to get started with Twitter, from setting up your account, to managing interactions. You'll also find a copy of my conference presentation slides, and a document explaining how to create a Twitter wall in 5 easy steps.