Archive for Twitter

Twitter is the new prospectus

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 27 February 2011 by Steve

“Twitter is the new prospectus: students advised to follow profs at their target universities. Implications? #ucas” (tweet)

[Patrick McGhee, Twitter, 26 February]


The Twitter revolution

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“What do TCD Provost candidate Colm Kearney and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have in common? They are both aware of the potential of the social media in winning hearts and minds …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 February]

Higher Education and Social Media

Posted in teaching with tags , on 8 February 2011 by Steve

“Last year, Bill and I tried using Twitter in our graduate-level class. It failed miserably. Only a few students tweeted and the others thought it was a chore to re-route their online traffic patterns …” (more)

[Randy Clemens, 21st Century Scholar, 8 February]

The nature of Twitter

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“@vonprond The casual, instant and often irreverent nature of twitter is incompatible with the august tone of University pronouncements.” (tweet)

[Donal Clancy, Twitter, 19 January]

Institutional tweets

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“Do universities that maintain Twitter pages know what they are doing, or why they are doing it? As Twitter has become a serious force on the internet, universities have, almost without exception, established a presence there …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 January]

The Twitter Experiment

Posted in teaching with tags on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“#gmit The Twitter Experiment – another useful video about twitter in HE.” (tweet)

[Sharon Flynn, Twitter, 14 January]

Institutional Twittering – best practice

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“Emerging best practices for institutional Twitter accounts (UK universities): (via @briankelly)” (tweet)

[Catherine Cronin, Twitter, 14 January]

How Will Students Communicate?

Posted in Life with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Thus spake Zuckerberg: ‘We don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail’. The Facebook founder said so in November, when his company unveiled its new messaging platform: a system, sans subject lines, designed on the assumption that in the future most electronic communication will be brief, informal bursts …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 6 January]

Twitter ‘did not suppress student protesters’ accounts’

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 1 December 2010 by Steve

“Twitter has rejected as “absurd” the notion it suppressed or interfered with the accounts of student protesters or co-operated with the police in monitoring tweets about demonstrations …” (more)

[Paul Lewis and Peter Walker, Guardian, 1 December]

Ten Tweasons To Tweet

Posted in Life with tags on 26 October 2010 by Steve

“This may surprise some people, but I wasn’t an early adopter of Twitter. Like many folk, I didn’t ‘get it’. I remember having a conversation with a colleague a couple of years ago, he telling me how great Twitter was, and me just thinking ‘eh?’ I can’t remember what prompted me to sign up in the end …” (more)

[Lesley Thomson, Mind Bloggling, 19 October]

Reach of a Single Lecture

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 30 September 2010 by Steve

“Although we know there are issues with measuring online impact through the use of a single tool, I thought it might be worthwhile to show the reach of a single lecture at LIT-Clonmel. During Tom Murphy’s visit to the campus, several students tweeted his nic and several mentioned the creative multimedia lecture happening on campus. According to Tweetreach, nearly 10,000 people heard about Tom during the past week …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 29 September]

A Framework for Teaching with Twitter

Posted in teaching with tags on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“Faculty are increasingly experimenting with social media, and it’s exciting to find more and more courses incorporating Twitter …” (more)

[Mark Sample, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 August]

Admission Officials’ Tweets Fall on Deaf Ears

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“Colleges are ramping up efforts to connect with prospective students through Twitter—but students aren’t interested, a new study says. Evidence has shown that teenagers rely on college visits and Web sites to learn about colleges, rather than social-media outlets …” (more)

[Kelly Truong, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 July]

HE Academy conference day 2

Posted in research with tags , on 25 June 2010 by Steve

“Some interesting sessions on the second day of the conference in a baking hot Hatfield Business Park. I attended presentations on the use of twitter by journalism students to establish professional connections, undertake fact-checking etc. Somewhat inevitably I suppose, the room was full of people staring at screens of various sizes …” (more)

[Summa cum Laude, 25 June]

Library of Congress to archive every public tweet ever sent

Posted in research with tags , on 14 April 2010 by Steve

“Matt from the Library of Congress writes, ‘Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress. That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006 …'” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 14 April]

Irish economics lecturers

Posted in Life with tags , on 18 January 2010 by Steve

“is it just me or is it only Irish economic lecturers that are on twitter?? #UCC #UL #TCD #UCD #DCU #CIT” (tweet)

[fiscal student, Twitter, 18 January]

Twitter and the Higher

Posted in research with tags , on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“You know how everyone says that you shouldn’t post anything online that you would not want to see published in a national newspaper? Well, I do try to keep that handy advice in mind, but it works both ways. There are times when you might want to post something online in order to get it into the papers. Last week, a short article appeared in the Times Higher which was the result of a conversation on Twitter …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 11 January]

Class twittering

Posted in teaching with tags , on 27 November 2009 by Steve

“For those who have wondered – as I have – whether the ‘micro-blog’ site Twitter could be used successfully in teaching, here’s a story that suggests that it could be. According to a report in the US Chronicle of Higher Education, Purdue University in Indiana has set up a program that allows student to ask questions in class by using Twitter on their computers or phones; they can even make their questions anonymous …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 November]

Uni adds Twitter to the curriculum

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 October 2009 by Steve

Australia“Social networking upstart Twitter has made the jump to academia’s hallowed halls, with ‘tweets’ made compulsory writing for would-be journalists at Griffith University. ‘Some students’ tweets are not as in depth as you might like. But I don’t know if getting them to write an essay is any more beneficial’, said Jacqui Ewart, senior lecturer at the university …” (more)

[Sydney Morning Herald, 16 October]


Posted in research with tags , on 4 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Tyler Cowen started an interesting discussion on the potential utility of Twitter. I am sceptical enough about its utility for people involved in academic research, but I am going to give it a try again particularly following Cowen’s eloquent defence …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 4 October]