Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-2015

Abstract

This paper features a competency-enhancing social networking application which provides a solution for the dilemma of non-participating (non-engaged) students in class: ‘pedagogical tweeting’. Twitter’s micro-blogging service enables both instructors and students to send and read messages (tweets) of up to 140 characters, incl. links to blogs, web pages, photos, videos, etc. As Twitter can be accessed from a website, via applications on PC/Mac, iPhone, Android phones, etc., it represents an effective tool to engage students, e.g. by taking up questions during in-class and out-of-class discussions or by providing advice on assignments etc. Students in turn can generate their own learning context and benefit from collaborative knowledge creation. We share respective tweeting experiences made during a course on Knowledge Management (KM) taught at Singapore Management University (SMU) backed up by exploratory research on students’ micro-blogging activities. We discuss challenges ahead and propose four hypotheses about the effective deployment of social awareness streams such as Twitter in higher education.

Keywords

Twitter (micro-blogging), Higher education, Blended learning, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Business | Higher Education

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources; Learning and Information Systems Education

Publication

Computers in Human Behavior

Volume

51

First Page

1295

Last Page

1302

ISSN

0747-5632

Identifier

10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.063

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.063

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