Every so often, I get questions from friends and colleagues about how to teach effectively with Twitter or other social media. The questions range from the simple (i.e. "How?" and "Why?") to more specific (i.e. "What are the biggest do's and don'ts?" and "What are your assignments like?"). Having spent the past five years trying to figure out what works for me and my students, I feel pretty well prepared to answer such questions. Even so, I'm constantly learning, and every semester I make changes based on the previous semester's experiences.
Before I respond, I try to take a deep breath to ponder how much detail is worth going into, and what will be the most effective way to offer my input. Like so many things, digital pedagogy is something that sounds simple in theory, but is much more difficult in practice. I've found the same rule often applies to explaining it. But even if I have a hard time figuring out where to begin such conversations, I'm thankful every time they happen because it forces me to reflect on what I do, and why. This time, I figure it's worth sharing more publicly. Hopefully others will find something useful. And then who knows where the conversation could go?
So, without any further ado, here are a few of my tips for teaching with Twitter:
If you're still reading this and are looking for more, consider checking out a somewhat recent version of my
Twitter assignment. It’s far from perfect—always a work-in-progress—but you’ll get a sense of how I structure the assignments and what resources I point them to (other helpful URLs at the bottom).