I noted this story in particular as yesterday I gave a 15-20 minute session on the use of Twitter within HE this afternoon, as part of my PGCLTHE.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2009) — “An experiment into the use of social media at the University of Leicester has shown that Twitter, an online blogging service, can act as an exceptional communication tool within academia.The study, published by the Association for Learning Technology, discovered that ‘tweeting’ helped:
- Develop peer support among students — with activity rising just prior to assessment deadlines or during revision for exams
- Develop personal learning networks — students used the network when they were preparing assessed work or revising for tests, often in situations when they were physically isolated from their peers
- Students to arrange social meetings
- The researchers also found Twitter to be very attractive as a data collection tool for assessing and recording the student experience, with a wide range of free and increasingly sophisticated online analysis tools”
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