Twitter, a Learning Tool? Exploring Social Media as Tool for Professional Learning in Higher EducationAcademic Development Landscape in IrelandData Analysis Can Twitter be a professional learning tool?This case study explores Twitter usage by a group of Irish higher education academics in support of professional learningTwitter AnalysisTwitter data was collected via API tool (Hawskey 2012). Tweets analysed and coded according to activity, using Veletsianos (2012) codes, then recoded into themesInterview DataParticipants were interviewed: they described using twitter for information retrieval, keeping up-to-date. Some described Twitter as triggering reflective thinking, only 3 participants gave evidence of change to practice as a result of twitter usageFindings & Recommendations As educators we need to start thinking critically of how we use Twitter to enhance professional learning more effectivelyEngage in meaningful Twitter dialogue that triggers reflection and possible transformation of perspective and practiceDevelop Toolkit for Twitter for professional Learning
Next StepsWorkshops for AcademicsIn Jan 2015, I will host a workshop for academics on Using Twitter more effectively for professional learning'
References:European Union (2014) Report to the European Commission on New modes of learning and teaching in higher education. http://ec.europa.eu/education/library/reports/modernisation-universities_en.pdfHart, J (2014) Top 100 Tools for Learning. http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/. Slowey et al (2014) Voices of Academics in Irish Higher Education Perspectives on Professional Development. AISHE, Dublin, Ireland. http://www.aishe.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Voices-of-Academics-in-HE.pdf Veletsianos, G. (2012). Higher Education Scholars Participation and Practices on Twitter. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 28(4), 336-349. - See more at: http://www.veletsianos.com/publications/#sthash.JZL7JY3R.dpuf
Muireann O'KeeffeEdD student Institute of Education, London
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