The course will cover:
- the basics of Twitter – how to set-up an account, follow people and tweet
- the conventions (@, #, RT, MT, etc.)
- etiquette and social conventions
- strategies for tweeting effectively and building a network
- some ideas for using twitter with your students.
By the end of the course participants should have:
- An understanding of the basic functionality and conventions associated with Twitter
- Be able to apply the basic functionality and conventions in the context of their own academic role
- Begun to develop their professional network on Twitter
- An appreciation of how Twitter can be used to support their work as academics.
There is no assessment or ECTS credits associated with this course.
Getting the most out of Ten Days of Twitter
You are encouraged to participate in Ten Days of Twitter in real-time so as you gain maximum benefit through interaction with the instructors and other participants. Don’t worry if you fall behind a little – you can always catch-up. Ten Days of Twitter is about building your professional network and making new contacts (without which Twitter won’t work well for you). Get into the habit of sending one or two tweets every day to let us know how you’re getting on. Remember to use the hashtag #UCD10DoT so we can locate your tweets. It’s also a good idea to spend a few minutes scanning through the Twitter feed of tweets from the people you follow, to see how they use Twitter and also to see what information you can pick up. Twitter is both about what you have to say, but also what you can learn from others.
After the live course, the materials will be left up here for you to refer back to later, or to catch up in your own time if you’ve fallen behind.
Whilst Ten Days of Twitter is designed as a fully online course, optional support sessions are offered in this version:
- Introductory face-to-face workshop to get you set-up and started on Twitter on Monday 9th February 2015 from 13:00-13:45 in H1.49, Science Hub, UCD Belfield.
- Online ‘drop-in’ support sessions on Thursday 12th February and on Tuesday 17th February 2015 from 13:00-14:00. Both sessions will be accessible via this link. We will use Blackboard Collaborate (Bb Collaborate) Virtual Classroom tool to host these sessions – it is a web based java application. Please test your access in advance of the online session by taking the following steps.