A new study from Michigan State University suggests that university students that use Twitter as part of their education feel more connected to why they are learning and do better in class.
“Christina Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, discovered that students using the microblogging service as part of their education are more engaged and have higher grades. In fact, she considers it “a new literary practice,” as she explains in her study “Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New form of Literary Practice.”
“Greenhow taught a class that required each student to have a Twitter account that was used in different ways throughout the semester. She noticed students were more engaged than in the twitter-less past. “
The video also reports that a 2010 study from a Pennsylvania school agreed that Twitter helped raise grades.
I teach Twitter as part of my digital media class but I think it’s much harder for people to get than Facebook. (Twitter has a much lower usage rate than Facebook, but it is growing.) Other teachers in the program suggest letting shy kids Tweet questions to you during class, which I think could work for a large lecture class. But I only have 20 students generally and I can usually tell if they aren’t getting something.
I could see how Twitter could help them feel more connected to their classmates and help them share information easily.
Are your college students using Twitter? If so, how?