The LIT team is on Twitter! I have recently met with the WIT Social Media team to discuss trends, hashtags, and strategies moving forward at Wentworth. On a weekday basis, I try to maintain activity on our account, either posting LIT announcements or retweeting helpful material for faculty. To help with organization, I have utilized HootSuite to manage the account. Hootsuite is an online platform that allows you to schedule Tweets, follow hashtags (I like #HigherEd and #edtech!), view analytics, and manage multiple accounts if needed.
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Moving forward, I would like to start implementing daily hashtag themes like other WIT Twitter accounts have been doing. #MotivationMonday, #WITWednesday, #ThrowbackThursday are a few hashtag trends already in effect elsewhere in the college. Twitter can even be a great outlet to showcase faculty!
Twitter has also proved to be a great implementation for faculty for use in their classrooms. From quick announcements to helpful resources in retweets, Twitter is a great tool to connect to your students outside the classroom and LMS in a quick ‘n easy, instantaneous way. From Best practices and tips for Twitter in the higher-ed classroom:
“College students have become used to instant communication. Many professors complain that technology has given their students short attention spans and poor study skills. Others bewail the end of civilization, as they see their students reading Facebook during class instead of taking notes.
In reality, students are adapting to a new information environment. The cues that guided young academics to new ideas a generation ago were subtle, steeped in unwritten formalities, and exclusionary. Today, the best students are using social networks, feeds, and blogs to forage for the information that matters to them. But others will inevitably take advantage of the social buffet to browse away from your course’s content.
What to do?
Try taking the reins, to meet your students at the information smorgasbord. Getting your students to interact with each other outside of class is one of the best ways to deepen their educational experience.”
So as faculty can connect to their students in this way, the LIT team would like to do the same for our faculty. In the near future, I would like to expand the LIT’s engagement with social media to platforms like Instagram, keeping up to date with snapshots of our events and daily life here at Wentworth.
If you have any suggestions or experiences with Twitter/social media in your classroom or you would like to learn more about social media here at Wentworth, starting a Twitter account, etc., please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And again, please follow us at @LIT_at_WIT for up-to-date announcements, upcoming events, and helpful resources for faculty!
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@WITLibrary Tweets from the Wentworth Institute of Technology Library. Usually useful, frequently fun, occasionally alliterative. We’ll answer your questions, too.
@DTSatWIT Tech Spot is Wentworth’s Technology Help Desk.
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