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Chris Bell

Horton Hears a Tweet (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE - 6 views

  • Although there are many definitions of student engagement, we see it as the time and energy students devote to educationally purposeful activities and the extent to which the university encourages students to participate in activities that lead to their academic success.
  • With Twitter, as with all social-Twitter Twitter, the value of the experience hinges on three things: (1) who you are connected to and with; (2) how frequently you participate; and (3) how conscientious you are about contributing value to the community. Therefore, to establish relevance and to make sure students got off to a good start, we took the following steps:
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    "Because social-networking networking are forums for personalized, socially focused conversations, the communities that spring from these networking are person/people-centered. As Porter explained, this person/people-centeredness results in the value of participation being opaque for anyone who is not participating. To address this problem, we made sure that students who chose not to participate (because the value of participation is opaque for them) had access to our tweets by incorporating an RSS feed-like networking widget in our LMS. (See Figure 5.) Many widgets like these can be found networking, although we should note that this particular widget has limitations. As seen in the example in Figure 5, the widget only displays Joni's posts, not the back-and-forth exchanges between her and members of her network. Students might incorrectly assume that the interaction is one-sided and less than dynamic. Besides keeping students apprised of the resources we shared via networking, however, this widget allowed them to vicariously discover networking's value. Some students later chose to join us in networking because they had a better understanding of what they were getting into because its value was less opaque. Ultimately, we found that networking helped us achieve our student-engagement objective, but we also quickly discovered that students' networking participation led to other notable instructional outcomes."
Janos Haits

Say hello to Heello - 4 views

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    We're currently building our first products, but in the meantime check us out on Twitter or our Blog
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