I saw a couple of interesting and thought-provoking presentations at ATTW today, some of which I might blog about later, but for the time-being, the one on my mind is one done by some folks at Old Dominion University (Liza Potts, Kathie Gossett, and Vincent Rhodes) called “Tweetagogy: Building Community in 140 Characters or Less.” The short version is they were discussing how they used Twitter as a community building tool with students in their PhD program, which is an especially important task since their PhD program includes a lot of students who are some form of “distance learners.” Check out the Prezi presentation for the full details.
It’s not that I disagree with them– at least not exactly. I think there’s a lot of potential for Twitter like they are talking about, forming community around a topic/affinity of some sort is one of those ways. They had a lot of great ideas and suggestions for some software tools to make Twitter work better for this.
Still, why just Twitter? The responses they are giving me when I asked this question on the ATTW twitter feed were that things like blogs weren’t as successful, that Twitter was easier/blogs were harder, etc., etc.
Like I said, I like Twitter quite a bit, but I also like blogs and facebook and all kinds of stuff. I think most of our students are the same way. So it seems to me that these tools can play off of each other quite well, as I’m trying to do here.
And this is more than 140 characters.