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Tweeting for Class: Co-Construction as a Means for Engaging Students in Lectures


Motivating students to be active learners is a perennial problem in education, and is particularly challenging in lectures where instructors typically prepare content in advance with little direct student participation. We describe our experience using Twitter as a tool for student “coconstruction” of lecture materials. Students were required to post a tweet prior to each lecture related to that day’s topic, and these tweets – consisting of questions, examples and reflections – were incorporated into the lecture slides and notes. Students reported that they found lectures including their tweets in the class slides to be engaging, interactive and relevant, and nearly 90% of them recommended we use our co-construction approach again.

J.P. Birnholtz
D. Retelny
J.T. Hancock
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013)
Publication Date
May 2, 2013