Can we really consider Twitter a learning tool?

For the past 18 months I’ve been engrossed in the research topic of how Twitter is used by professionals for learning. Finally I’m nearly there, tomorrow I will present at a doctoral conference at UCL Institute of Education in London.

Creation of this poster for the conference helped clarify my findings and hopefully I am on the right track! Tomorrow’s question and answer session will be useful so I am looking forward to a grilling from peers and lecturers 🙂

Beginning this research I was dubious about deep  professional learning taking place on Twitter, but my data showed that all participants of this small-scale research study regarded Twitter as a place for learning. However, their participation and engagement with Twitter varied, in accordance with how they identified themselves among other professionals in the online space.  Some visited and used Twitter as an information stream choosing to refrain from social engaging with others on Twitter. These particular participants talked about a lack of a sense of belonging with others in online spaces, feelings of confidence, self-efficacy in their identity as professionals contributed towards a lack of engagement and social interaction. Security and safety online and knowing how to engage socially (knowing the tacit rules of engagement) on Twitter also came up for participants.

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About Muireann O'Keeffe

I am an educational developer currently working at DCU. I have a passion for researching and evaluating technology that can support and enhance learning. In the past I have taught on Masters programmes (Msc Applied elearning & Postgraduate Diploma in Third level Learning and Teaching) as well as Leadership development programmes.
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