How Twitter can help in MOOC?

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Auteur : Timo van Treeck & Martin Ebner
Date de l'info : 1 janvier 2013

This is a B-MOOC resume form the following arcicle with the aim to launch a debate.

Twitter can be helpful not just for companies and their adversising campanies, but also for MOOCs and Massive Communication at all – says Timo van Treeck & Martin Ebner. « MOOCs are usually spread across the world through existing social networks, mostly Facebook and Twitter. Consequently, these platforms are not only used before, but also during and after a lecture session ».

We can distinguish six ways of using Twitter in education :

  • Enhancing interaction in mass education through the use of Twitter walls
  • Discussion beyond face-to-face lectures by using a specific Twitter hashtag
  • Exchanging lecture content by collecting Internet resources using a defined Twitter hashtag
  • Documentation and information retrieval, with the help of specific Web applications that collect tweets automatically
  • Enhancing academic conferences by using Twitter as an online backchannel
  • Connecting with researchers, teachers, and learners with similar interests based on Twitter’s recommendations

For MOOCs these points are important at different stages of creating MOOC and – then – of using MOOC by users.

First point can be very helpful above all as a part of MOOC-marketing, but the next points can serve as real independent channel of contact with lecturers and other learners.

But still there is a many questions to answer, for instance: should be Twitter a regular channel for a contact between learners and lecturers? When does one have to be online?

**Timo van Treeck & Martin Ebner in their book « Twitter and society »  are describing numerous applications of microblogging. One of them is twitting in Massive Communications like Massive Open Onine Courses, which are including a great amount of people. According to the authors who were quoting McAuley, Stewart, Siemens, and Cormier, MOOC “integrates the connectivity of social networking, the facilitation of an acknowledged expert in a field of study, and a collection of freely accessible online resources”.


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Communication, Distribution, Marketing, Pedagogical Format, Pedagogy

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Olga Byrska

About Olga Byrska

Current Communication Director at Business MOOC Factory. She has been participated in creating the conception of the MOOC's MAGAZINE. One of admin's of the MOOCs MAGAZINE as well. Olga has been a journalist in journal: Gazeta Wyborcza; weeklies: Polityka, Newsweek Poland, Kultura Liberalna, Tygodnik Powszechny; magazines: Chimera, Twórczość (Warsaw, Poland). She has been writing about literature and theatre.

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