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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Twitter Projects for the College Classroom

by Site Administrator
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.5 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Nov 10, 2010 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This gives a list of 25 possible uses of Twitter for college classes. It includes links to more detail and examples. Possible uses range from research, class activities, homework, language skills, and collaboration with others outside of the university. 25 ideas for how Twitter could be used in a Higher Education setting ranging from recruiting students to possible class assignments.
Learning Goals: To give ideas to college professors on how Twitter can be used to support course goals. Develop creative ways to use current social media in a variety of contexts, and understand the appropriate use of Twitter.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate students; possibly some graduate students; any discipline and college instructors
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A basic knowledge and understanding of Twitter, or learn the basics of Twitter listed in the included links.
Type of Material: Drill and practice
Recommended Uses: Undergraduate classes in any subject area; could be appropriate for some graduate classes, as well as faculty development in using social media.
Technical Requirements: Browser

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: There are some good ideas on using Twitter in the classroom. The module is essentially a list of 25 ideas with links to further information. Some links are to current scholarship. A variety of ideas AND links with examples of how Twitter might be used in higher education. The examples would be especially helpful to the novice user (instructor or student) in helping them understand the fundamentals of Twitter. An instructor could use the many of these links as a tutorial for themselves on Twitter.
Concerns: Many of the ideas are very basic and for someone (instructor or student) who is a sophisticated user of Twitter, some of the ideas could seem a bit elementary. However, the module assumes the visitor understands Twitter and how to use it. It may be more useful to some if it were written as a tutorial with categories of uses and examples.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: These ideas could be implemented in a wide variety of contexts involving higher education. I could see the usefulness of many of these ideas in a variety of classes and disciplines. The greatest effectiveness is probably with undergraduate students. An instructor with basic Twitter knowledge can use the module to find some new ideas for the classroom or assignment.
Concerns: It is not intended as a teaching tool; rather, it is a tool for instructors to find ideas to use. Therefore, the module does not meet many of these effectiveness criteria.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: With the links to examples, the site is simple and straightforward--very easy to use and navigate.
Concerns: It is a very basic module with little visual appeal.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a fine module for its purpose -- to give instructors ideas on how to use Twitter in the classroom. The ratings are relatively low simply because the evaluation criteria does not fit this type of module. This site provides interesting ideas that could certainly stimulate other creative thinking.