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Title:Beyond the backchannel: Leveraging Twitter to enact learning processes
Author(s):Paulin, Drew; Gilbert, Sarah; Haythornthwaite, Caroline A.; Gruzd, Anatoliy; Absar, Rafa
Subject(s):qualitative research methods
social media
quantitative analyses including statistics
distributed learning
Abstract:Conferences provide opportunities for participants to learn with each other through social discovery, interaction and knowledge development. Increasingly, Twitter provides an online backchannel surrounding conference activities. This backchannel both augments in-person interactions, and provides a means for people not in attendance to follow and contribute to the dialogue. Thus, Twitter backchannels provide learning opportunities both for those in attendance, and for others in the wider Twitter-verse. Given that conferences are a forum in which interactive learning takes place, how might Twitter participation at conferences facilitate learning? This session intends to initiate a collaborative dialogue around this inquiry using Twitter as a catalyst, complementing the existing iConference Twitter backchannel. This exploration will focus on content and network analysis methods, discussions on learning networks, and ideation around Twitter as a learning tool. We invite participation both through attendance in the introductory and concluding sessions, as well as via Twitter throughout the conference.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper/Presentation
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24

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