Tuesday, 25 October 2016

‘To tweet or not to tweet?’ A comparison of academics’ and students’ usage of Twitter in academic contexts

an article by Charles G. Knight and Linda K. Kaye (Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK) published in Innovations in Education and Teaching International Volume 53 Issue 2 (2016)


The emergence of social media as a new channel for communication and collaboration has led educators to hope that they may enhance the student experience and provide a pedagogical tool within Higher Education (HE). This paper explores academics’ and undergraduates’ usage of Twitter within a post-92 university. It argues that the observed disparity of usage between academics and undergraduates can be attributed to a number of factors.

Namely, academics’ perceived use of the platform for enhancing reputation is an implied acknowledgement of the importance of research within HE and the increasingly public engagement agenda. Additionally, academics’ limited usage of Twitter to support practical-based issues may be explained by issues relating to accountability of information through non-official channels. Moreover, students made greater use of Twitter for the passive reception of information rather than participation in learning activities. The implications of these issues will be discussed in reference to the study findings.

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