Use of Tweetchats for distributed CPD within an open Community of Practice

Bring Your Devices For Learning


A TweetChat is a virtual meeting or gathering on Twitter to discuss a common topic. The chat usually lasts one hour and will include some questions to stimulate discussion.  In order to be able to view tweets relating to the chat, a pre-agreed hashtag is shared. A hashtag is a word or series of letters and/or numbers preceded by #. For example: #BYOD4L. You can read more about this in a previous post Introducing Tweetchats

An exemplar

Twitter has been used as the primary communication channel for the Bring Your Own Devices For Learning open 5 day event for staff and students where participants reflect upon and discuss the use of smart/mobile devices in supporting learning and teaching. The ‘Bring Your Own Device For Learning’ (BYOD4L) short course runs over five days, and has taken place on two separate occasions – January 2014 and July 2014. The course is free and does not require participants to register.

Scheduled synchronous ‘TweetChats’ have taken place on each of the five days, and last for
one hour. Each TweetChat aligns to one of the five Cs – connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating, and creating (Nerantzi and Beckingham 2014). Facilitators in pairs or threes worked together to create a list of 5-6 questions relating to the daily theme to stimulate discussion in the chat. Participants used the ‘#BYOD4LChat’ hashtag to easily follow discussions and respond to the series of questions, however also began to engage in
conversation with peers and build a network (Reed and Nerantzi 2014). What emerges from these TweetChats is a rich dialogue, a sharing of resources (links to papers, website, tools, videos and more) and a clearly supportive community reaching out to each other.

 BYOD4L runs again for the third time 12-16 January 2015




Participants on the July 2014 iteration of BYOD4L were asked to complete a short online
questionnaire related to their experience of TweetChats and the findings are shared in the
poster. Respondents were both experienced and new to using Twitter, and participated within this community of practice. (Reed and Nerantzi 2014, Reed 2013, Beckingham 2011)

This infographic poster was created using Piktochart.

About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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1 Response to Use of Tweetchats for distributed CPD within an open Community of Practice

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