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Citation Leaver, Tama. 2012. Twittering informal learning and student engagement in first-year units, in Herrington, A. and Schrape, J. and Singh, K. (ed), Engaging students with learning technologies, pp. 97-110. Perth, Western Australia: Curtin University.
Author Leaver, Tama
Title Twittering informal learning and student engagement in first-year units
Date 2012
Abstract This chapter outlines an investigation into the utility of the online service Twitter as a tool for facilitating informal learning amongst first-year university students. Twitter was introduced to two first-year student groups, both taking the unit Web Communications 101; one group in a campus-based blended learning mode, which utilized traditional face to face tutorials, while the second version was delivered fully online via Open Universities Australia. The ways in which students used Twitter was recorded and examined, highlighting three main uses: socialising, resource-sharing and posing questions. Students’ perception of Twitter and its effectiveness as an informal learning tool was examined via a quantitative survey and a number of qualitative follow-up interviews. Notable differences emerged between the blended learning group and the fully online learners in terms of their attitude regarding Twitter use for facilitating informal learning. The chapter concludes with four recommendations regarding the implementation of Twitter as an informal learning tool for students.
Subjects Twitter, social media, informal learning, facilitation
Department School of Media Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University, Australia
Additional Information ISBN 978 0 646 58702 8 (ebk)
All material presented in this document is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence The details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website as is the full legal code for the CC BY 3.0 AU licence. . Requests and inquiries concerning these rights should be addressed to: Curtin Teaching and Learning, Curtin University, Kent Street Bentley WA 6102
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Chapter 7 of the eBook : Herrington, Anthony and Schrape, Judy and Singh, Kuki, (eds). 2012. Engaging students with learning technologies. Perth, Western Australia: Curtin University.
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