interactive elements

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a social media and microblogging platform allowing you to share information, follow colleagues or thought leaders, and conduct short-form interactions.

Key Properties

Several of the core properties of this element include:

  • Short-form (there used to be a 140-character limit on messages, and though that limit has been increased to 280-character it remains a “microblogging” site)
  • Posts may be public (anyone who follows you or looks at your profile can see them) or private
  • Use of hashtags allows you to filter or search for keywords and information
  • You can create groups to better organize Twitter accounts that you follow

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Elements that "Interact" with Twitter

lesson planLesson Plan

Be intentional about the way in which you want to incorporate Twitter into your program by spelling out exactly how and when it should be used—whether in the middle of class or as a follow-up assignment. This can be easily captured through the lesson plan.

adult learningAdult Learning

Keep in mind that adult learners are autonomous beings that bring their own experiences into the learning environment. Bringing social media like Twitter into a learning program and allowing participants to research and find information can be a way of respecting that autonomy.

spaced learningSpaced Learning

Twitter can be a helpful resource, especially for training programs that are broken up into parts. Whether you’re designing a multiday or multiweek in-person course, a two-month long asynchronous online program, or a multipart e-learning course, giving an assignment in between sessions whereby learners need to research, share, or connect with others can be a way to keep your content top of mind.

follow upFollow-up

Have learners participate in a Twitter chat (or better yet, more than one). Ask them to identify three thought leaders to follow or find an article about your topic and share it with the rest of the industry. Many learners are using social media anyway, so why not integrate it into post-training follow-up?

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