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Title: Use of Microblogging in an Online Course
Authors: Purcell, Michelle
Keywords: Twitter;Web 2.0
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2011
Publisher: Drexel University. College of Information Science and Technology.
Abstract: Microblogging has been proposed as having potential for aiding in learning. Articles suggest benefits such as increasing social presence and facilitating reflection and informal learning. However, little research has been conducted investigating its use by students and teachers in actual educational settings. As a first step to understand the use of microblogging for educational purposes, a qualitative analysis of tweets, Twitter messages of 140 characters or less, over a 4-week period for a graduate online class was performed. Five categories of use were identified: information sharing, information seeking, giving assistance, giving feedback, and coordinating group activity. Frequency of use by student and by usage category is discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3711
Appears in Collections:Research Day Posters (IST)

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