A peek at TEP’s Twitter feed
Twitter, the popular microblogging site that allows users to post 140-character “tweets,” both intrigues and irritates faculty, according to a Faculty Focus survey. Some embrace it as a clever way to teach concision and get students writing, thinking, and connecting with the course material and one another. Others consider it distracting and antithetical to sophisticated communication.
The Teaching Effectiveness Program Tweets daily, and has just added a Twitter feed to its Web page: we want to make visible a campus-wide and national network of people talking about teaching and learning issues. As we explore Twitter’s promise and limits, we’re investigating how the UO community experiments with and expands the possibilities of the medium. For example, Jessyca Lewis, who teaches marketing in the Lundquist College of Business, says that Twitter “has been the most fantastic teaching tool I have ever used. It makes the classroom and learning experience incredibly interactive.” Continue reading Revisiting Twitter as an Educational Tool
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