Are you looking for ways to connect with your students via social media? Or maybe you’re curious about the ever-changing realm of Twitter and whether it can play a role in your courses? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!
You are invited to join Team DELTA and colleagues from Ohio State and beyond in a Twitter chat on Monday, Nov. 7 from 1 p.m. via the @InnovateOSU account to help celebrate National Distance Learning Week. The theme of this chat is online engagement strategies, where you are encouraged to discuss your experiences in online learning and teaching.
“A ‘Twitter chat’?” You may be thinking. “What’s a ‘Twitter chat’? I thought Twitter was an asynchronous microblogging platform on which millions of users, celebritweens, journalesques, brand marketers, bots, trolls, and major party candidates for the presidency post 140-character utterances and images loosely joined to each other through a basic system of handles and hashtags. Now you’re telling me there’s some fancy new way to use it that might have use for academic discourse?”
A Twitter chat aims to create a new kind of conversation by leveraging the use of handles (e.g., @InnovateOSU) and hashtags (e.g., #NDLW) to create just enough structure around the torrent that is your Twitter feed in order to bring the raw flat energy of Twitter to subjects that are more often discussed in highly routinized and usually hierarchical ways. The basic rules are pretty simple:
- The organizer posts one or more questions, which they flag using a hashtag set up for the event (in our case, it will be #NDLW)
- Anyone can respond to that question tweet by posting a tweet flagged with the organizer’s handle (in our case, it will be @InnovateOSU), and the designated hashtag, #NDLW
- Anyone else can continue that thread by adding the other @participant’s handle
For more background on the emerging Twitter chat genre and guidance how to participate, see:
- Techno FAQ Guide to Participating in a Twitter Chat
- Buffer’s Guide to Hosting/Joining a Twitter Chat
- Sprout Social’s Guide to Twitter Chats
We also recommend getting together with a friend or two, especially if this is your first.
We hope to see you online,