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Twittering the student experience (aka Microblogging Microbiology)

Alan Cann, senior lecturer at the University of Leicester, and colleagues Jo Badge, Stuart Johnson and Alex Moseley, have just published an article/paper on a small experiment involving student use of the microbloging service Twitter and its role in academia. Specifically, Cann and colleagues looked at the rate of use of the service by participating students, interaction, and ultimately peer support.

"Peer support became a key feature of this student network, with activity rising just prior to assessment deadlines or during revision for exams. Content analysis of the messages indicated clear evidence of the emergence of personal learning networks. Students used these networks when preparing assessed work or revising for tests, often in situations when they were physically isolated from their peers."

Apparently, the academic departments at the University who were involved with this exercise were so impressed with Twitter that many plan to incorporate Twitter as a "lightweight communications channel" in the coming year.

Click "source" to view the full article.

(Alan Cann is also the author of www.microbiologybytes.com/blog.)
 
 

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