Teaching with Twitter: reflections on practices, opportunities and problems

Stefano De Paoli*, Alice La Rooy

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In recent times there has been an increasing wave of interest in the use of Social Media for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In particular, the micro-blogging platform Twitter has been experimentally used in various Universities world-wide. There are relevant publications reporting on experimentations with Twitter for reaching diverse learning goals, including better engagement, informal learning or collaboration among students. Existing research papers on the use of Twitter however focus exclusively on the positive aspects of experimentations, on what went well in the use of Twitter. In our University we run a small project on the use of Twitter with goals that are similar to those of others: fostering participation and better learning processes. In this paper we report on our project and the strategies and best practices we adopted for using Twitter for teaching. We also reflect that in our experimentation however we encountered a number of practical problems connected for example with use of technology, with the class settings and with spam. In the conclusion we offer some recommendations for Teaching and Learning with Twitter based on our personal experience.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalEUNIS Journal of Higher Education IT
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2015
EventEUNIS 21st Congress: The Journey to Discovery - Abertay University, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201512 Jun 2015
Conference number: 21


  • Social media
  • Twitter
  • Communities of practice
  • Learning


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