The Twitter Experiment in Face-to-Face Learning
We can learn a lot about using technology in events from watching what is happening in college classrooms.
This video called The Twitter Experiment from the University of Texas provides a good case study of the role that Twitter can play in Face-to-Face learning. Take a few minutes and watch it.
How Could This Experiment Translate to Events?
As I watched the video there were several benefits that I think are worth noting for events as well.
- Twitter’s 140 character limit helps attendees quickly get to the main point of their message.
- Using a tool like Twitter allows you to get more input, ideas, questions and comments from a broader segment of the audience in a shorter period of time.
- Attendees can use both mobile phones and laptops to participate – in the conference room.
- Attendees can participate in the discussion remotely.
- Shy people (or people that use English as a second language) don’t have to worry about speaking up in front of the entire audience.
- Learners can post the key points on Twitter to help reinforce them.
- The chat archive can be used as notes, so attendees can to go back and review what happened.
There are several benefits to using Twitter in face-to-face events or instructor led learning environments.
Keep Dr. Rankin’s final comment in mind as you get started: “It’s going to be messy…but messy doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be bad.”
What other benefits to using Twitter in face-to-face meetings or instructor led learning environments would you add?