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”.