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HEA Annual Conference 2012 – Archive of Tweets & Top Tweeters!


I attended the HEA Annual Conference from 3rd – 4th July 2012, presenting a poster on MP3 audio feedback to students.  I enjoyed a number of sessions and also participated via Twitter using the conference hashtag #HEAConf12.

Using Martin Hawksey’s excellent twitter archive tool I include here a link to all of the tweets posted using the conference hashtag.  Click the image above to go there, or this link!

The tool also provides some nice summary data such as the top tweeters.  List below. Hope you find this useful.

JaneChandler 109 Number of links 367
HEA_SocSci 84 Number of RTs 476
DebbieHolley1 50 Number of Tweets 1520
HEAPsychology 49 Unique tweets 1520
sgwarnog 44 First Tweet in Archive 03/07/2012 09:47:03
WarwickLanguage 41 Last Tweet in Archive 05/07/2012 08:02:44
UoEChangeAgents 37
HEA_Sociology 35
Tim10101 34
lisparcell 33
HEA_Events 32
larshyland 27
goze01 22
saltechdis 21
policyreviewtv 21
rmforsyth 21
benscoble 19
RebeccaGalley 19
JohnnySRich 18
PatParslow 18
sarahjaneflynn 17
tbirdcymru 17
jennyshaw 17
ProcessArtsUAL 16
GdnHigherEd 16
ModasarRasul 15
mannymadriaga 15
alejandroa 13
renireni 12
SuzanneFergus 12
jdew2 11
martinedmondson 11
chrissinerantzi 11
nopiedra 11
HelenBarefoot 10
PlanetChemistry 10
johncusworth 9
m_bro 9
SueLee99 8
UNITEGroup 8
andrewmid 8
christa_line 8
GENIE_Tweets 7
edwardgamble 7
philwane 7
GemmaLace 7
ae_romero 7
DoggyDoig 6
ceredig 6
terrymc 6
laizydaizy 6
theresaduffy 6
laperryman 5
ArunMarsh 5
AlexM11 5
marianneshepp 5
DrSarahAtkinson 5
JISCAdvance 5
julieh8 5
fiona_handley 5
HEA_Law 5
JimtB42 5
leemcrofts 5
SCOREProject 5
ProfDcotton 4
suewatling 4
jopeat 4
Seda_UK_ 4
zenscara 4
fredgarnett 4
pgcap 4
suebecks 3
hea_AH 3
jgro_the 3
chriscane 3
JISCNexus 3
drnickmorris 3
SussexTLDU 3
joanieg1205 3
DrLancaster 3
epictalk 3
Phil_Baty 3
sensor63 3
LT13uk 3
GoMoLearning 3
stickerboy 3
TraceydeBeer 3
Sally5454 3
levylass 3
CarolFerries 2
ArtsEdTech 2
ani2tall 2
DIALProject 2
GrahamScott14 2
sarajanebath 2
AMLTaylor66 2
gillferrell 2
sashwatson 2
daveowhite 2
antoesp 2
LornaMCampbell 2
dkernohan 2
impact_oer 2
tjcoughlan 2
HEAcademy 2
northumbrialaw 2
hopkinsdavid 2
Gradcore 2
LindaKKaye 2
chapmanpaul 2
JISC_Techdis 2
Stijn_Van_Laer 2
MerynMcLaren 2
juliadesigns 2
ffynnonweb 2
teachinggrid 2
christinepd 2
EpicKirby89 2
slewth 2
HEA_BusinessEdu 2
LT_tech_HE 2
jim_gatehouse 2
ukcge 2
glhunt31 1
Stuart_Hepburn 1
wcarey 1
StacyGray45 1
impeus 1
rjsharpe 1
topofthefield 1
ArtieVN 1
asmithorguk 1
HederaUK 1
hetha2009 1
carlvincent 1
cbthomson 1
netskills 1
iggiles 1
r_rwilliams53 1
NikNikNikki 1
LFHEMarketing 1
CareersUWS 1
ual_pace 1
PhilPocknee 1
fazer_rider 1
HEACeliaB 1
nogbad 1
OUstudents 1
Skillcentre41 1
redsontour 1
OpenUniversity 1
MaggieWG 1
HEA_Scotland 1
LibraryLizC 1
obsuGM 1
GMurphy12 1
Usherwood 1
paulafeery 1
kshjensen 1
speccollbrad 1
ramnaslady 1
nvticheler 1
nosnilwar 1
jatenas 1
Scotsjourney 1
drdjwalker 1
eduhuduni 1
catherinecronin 1
marloft 1
gconole 1
susiestraw 1
lewis_stockwell 1
PMMarshall 1
paul_r_kleiman 1
JasonJISCLegal 1
laughatlife2012 1
Carole_Baume 1
paul_Iresh 1
Sarah_Cunnane 1
nicklebygirl 1
THEworldunirank 1
pernilleberg 1
seaudiovisual 1
llbcoolj 1
davidcadogan 1
johngcanning 1
scooperuk 1
kbrunton1912 1
ElizaTalks 1
h_fawcett 1
legalaware 1
flane01 1
lawgolds 1
ChristopherIanR 1
pavlvstc 1
Lauraar 1
ukoer 1
AugmentedAdvert 1
wonkhe 1
tammyjr24 1
Ricard0Villegas 1
RSCScotland 1
iamsamthomas 1
ajbtwit 1
TanyaSasser 1
SamanthaRCook 1
Martinaatsoton 1
enorfolkcareers 1
jaki_lilly 1
biblioupm 1
PostFilm 1
DrEricWood 1
rosevibe 1
Bright_Tweets 1
BorderlessEdu 1
iamKattyG 1
merrymarketing 1
NURRwanda 1
leroyh 1
ThreePrisoners 1
annindk 1
TeachingConsult 1
MahmoonaShah 1
alisoniredale 1
miquelduran 1
Helen_Kurai 1
teensexplained 1
sbonillabogaert 1
morungos 1
DraycottMC 1
dranners 1
effdebate 1
qui_oui 1
SarahMooreTL 1
acha1977 1
grainnehamilton 1
drbexl 1
matthyde 1
DrRichJohnston 1
spencro 1
timeshighered 1
elle_c_emm 1
Aqua_Rach 1
bobharrisonset 1
ImperialGradSch 1
universityboy 1
cherylclemons 1
skemp_esd 1
MeghanBeler 1
AllyCampbell88 1
philosopher1978 1
katy_jordan 1
NUS_Liam 1
mscator 1
sachesney 1
sophie2ze 1
sheilmcn 1
pstann 1
E4FE 1
PalmerAlan 1
HEArtsEducation 1

Social Networking with Students

Last week I was involved in a University of Ulster Centre for Higher Education discussion forum on social networking with students.  The event was held by video-conference across three campuses and attracted a good deal of interest from staff.  It was useful to hear short accounts from colleagues using social networking with students and to consider some of the issues in getting started in this area.

For some staff there was the feeling that the technology can sometimes be daunting especially if bespoke tools are used that need server set-up and some level of configuring.  However some scenarios were described where Facebook groups had been used to successfully to engage students especially as a number were already au fait with this social networking tool and using it regularly.

Some tips that came out of the discussion and from my own experience are given below.

  1. Why do you want to use social networking with students; is it just a nice tool that we shoe-horn into a pedagogic purpose?
  2. Are tasks on social networking clearly defined?  Students will not just network for the sake of it!
  3. Can students “see the point” in what we are trying to achieve, how do we get them to buy-in to the exercise?
  4. Choice of networking tool.  Are we intruding on their social space by using tools that students consider their private areas?  We need to clearly define the boundaries and use social networking in a context that does not compromise accepted professional standards.
  5. Manage expectations.  How will academics interact with students online; will we be available 9 to 5 or 24/7?  Students need to know!
  6. Don’t ask students to do something you are not prepared to do yourself.  Do you want your students to blog?  Do you blog?  If the answer is “no” it will very soon become apparent to the student group that you are only a by-stander.
  7. Social networking should augment existing communication channels with students therefore important course information should not be communicated by this method alone.
  8. Social networking should help to increase inclusivity within a group.  However, ensure that the chosen exercises do not alienate some within the class who may be uncomfortable using the technology.

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Writing Concisely

Using Twitter is helping me to write more concisely.

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Twitter for Higher Education

The Best Way to Get Started With Twitter; Just Jump In!

The Best Way to Get Going With Twitter. Just Jump In!

I have been using Twitter for a while now mainly for work purposes; teaching and researching within a bioscience environment. Twitter has been a useful of means of networking with like-minded colleagues in other institutions primarily on mattters of teaching and learning in higher education and extends conversations beyond those facilitated by face to face networking opportunities at conferences or other events.

I don’t follow a huge number of people neither do I have a huge following and I certainly don’t claim to be a “Twitter expert”. Sometimes I get questions on what Twitter is all about and the occasional admission from colleagues that they “just don’t get it”. With this in mind I supply the list below of my thoughts and tips after just over one year of tweeting.

    The best way to start is to jump right in. Register an account and get going.
    Follow an established tweeter (or lurk for a while if you are feeling shy) to see how the thing works.
    Make sure your profile is informative. If your username is very cryptic (like mine – PlanetChemistry) AND your picture is not of you or has not been updated at all users will not know who they are communicating with. Make sure you provide some information about yourself in the bio – concisely done in less than 160 characters.
    Contribute! Reply to other users’ comments and get involved; that’s the best way to build a network.
    Take a look at the people being followed by the people you follow as possible members of your network.
    Don’t rely on automatic tools to update your page. Feeds from your blog are fine so long as your Twitter page is not composed solely of them! Remember that Twitter is better for conversation: not broadcast!
    Use a tool like TweetDeck to help organise your followers and groups and so that you can keep a track of conferences and events through the use of #hashtags. Hashtags are short tags added to each tweet relevant to a conference or topic under discussion and allows relevant tweets to be aggregated together. For example, #edtech10 was the hashtag for the recent Irish Learning Technology Association conference and allowed the conversation around this event to be followed by delegates at the event and others participating remotely via Twitter.
    Enjoy it! Tweeting is about “networks not destinations” (@AJCann) so it’s an opportunity for you to collaborate online and extend your network on a regular basis.

You will soon discover that there are numerous things Twitter can be used for. No doubt I will add to the list above as the weeks go by.. but does anyone have anything else to say?

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Twitter Dead? Never!

I didn’t go to the Plymouth e-Learning Conference (PELC10) this year. As I only found out about PELC earlier this year, Twitter was a great way for me to get a feel for the conference without being there in the flesh. This provided a great way of getting a flavour of what was going on, who was there and the issues that were discussed around the various presentations.

Twitter was used extensively by many of the delegates via the #pelc10 hashtag and the conversation that ensued added a further dimension to the conference for those only able to participate in silico. All in all I was most impressed by the organisation of the conference and the topics covered. The microblogging back channel certainly extended the impact of this event.

For me this was further evidence of the power of Twitter; an excellent means of social networking and participating albeit remotely in conferences and other events.

Who says that Twitter is dead?

I tried this academic year to persuade my year one students to engage with Twitter. It wasn’t terribly successful, and many of them said they preferred Facebook. That said; maybe next year I’ll think more carefully about what we ask students do with Twitter; or perhaps Friendfeed. The web 2.0 /science nexus has a power for good that needs to be further explored.

Conference Report – University of Leicester

Today I took part in the Learning and Teaching in the Sciences 2009 unconference at the University of Leicester.  There were a number of participants from different parts of the UK and we had opportunity to discuss various aspects of teaching, learning and assessment.

I had opportunity to learn from colleagues on their strategies for providing feedback to large groups; particularly laboratory classes. It was also interesting to see that a number of colleagues had developed pre-practical assessment as we have done with Introductory Chemistry labs at Ulster.

Overall it was a very worthwhile event….

I suppose I should mention that the meeting started about 10:30AM and ended about 12:30PM with lunch. For most of us from N.Ireland this type of meeting involves an early morning start, drive to the airport, flight delay, taxi on the other side, attend the meeting and then do it all in reverse, arriving home on a Friday evening frazzled.

Today was a much more pleasant experience as I was able to follow and participate in the event via Twitter. In fact I didn’t even have to leave my desk. The conference could be followed via a Twitter hashtag (#uollts) or using the amazing TwitterFall which I only discovered after the event! Responses from non-attending delegates were relayed onto a screen in the conference room. So we all got our say!

This was networking in the best sense of the word. A big “thanks” to all who took part and most importantly to the organisers who made it such a great success.

Stephen McClean