10 Ways to use Twitter in Teaching


  1. Resource building – tutors AND students can use a course hashtag to share links to relevant resources. These could include websites, news articles, videos, podcasts, images, SlideShare presentations as well as books and journal papers.
  2. Interactive lectures – ask students to answer questions during a lecture. Or, get people talking before the lecture or the seminar by raising questions.
  3. Quick-fire recap of a lecture – ask students to summarise key points
  4. Instant feedback – areas they would like to go over again
  5. Reminders of deadlines and events – supplement messages sent out via your VLE and email about assignment deadlines, careers events and guest lectures
  6. Set up a Twitter chat – invite an industry/subject expert, client group or professional community to co-lead the chat
  7. Research ideas and opinions using the advanced search for tweets, photos ans videos
  8. Reviews – ask students to write a concise micro review of a book, an article, a film or event
  9. Survey – set up a poll or an online questionnaire and tweet the link
  10. Direct messaging – use DM for private tutorial questions

As the use of mobile devices increases, more and more students are accessing information on the go, wherever they are. Twitter is therefore useful to send succinct messages. Central teams can add value by using this medium to share updates on IT issues, library opening hours, or alerts regarding university closure in extreme weather. These all add value for th students as they can access this source of news immediately.

What would you add to this list?

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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6 Responses to 10 Ways to use Twitter in Teaching

  1. lenandlar says:

    x. To find and follow professionals/others in the field of study and follow them is a long term benefit for any course. I wonder if you’d think of that as one strategy too?

  2. Thanks. Additional: Building PLN, Train authentic communication, Integrate external experts.

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