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TLT Tweets a #twustory: Building Character Through Social Media

Stacy Greathouse (Texas Woman's University, USA)
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Keith Restine (Texas Woman's University, USA)
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October 16, 2015 - 9:30am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Information Session
Oceanic 3
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45 Minutes
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A #TWUstory of how @TLTatTWU used #ProfDev, #ContentModeling, and #EduNetworking in a battle with #TwittersDarkSide to find #TWULove.

Extended Abstract

The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) at Texas Woman's University uses Twitter as a way to expand development opportunity for faculty and others interested in teaching and learning. Twitter has become a popular venue for professional development among educators. Seeking a new way to connect with busy faculty and offer opportunities for self-directed learning, TLT saw Twitter as the obvious solution. In May 2013, TLT joined educators' "virtual watercooler" on Twitter as a curator of online teaching and learning resources.

The project began with instructional designers establishing the @TLTatTWU Twitter handle. Keeping in mind the desired tone and presence, the team developed a process and schedule for tweeting. The feed initially focused more on transmission of information, rather than interaction with the community. In order to make it easier for users to filter for relevant information, instructional designers defined a set of hashtags to classify and standardize tweets. #TLTEvents promotes upcoming faculty development events, while #TLTTeachLearn showcases pedagogy and teaching strategies. #TLTDal and #TLTHou mark tweets especially relevant to TWU's Dallas and Houston centers.

The instructional designers also adopted the URL shortening tool Bit.ly and the social media dashboard tool Gremln to streamline the process and create a queue of scheduled tweets. Twitter's native feed embedding widget was used to embed the feed on the TLT homepage as one way of promoting the project and reaching non-Twitter users.

This presentation will discuss the development of the @TLTatTWU Twitter project, from notion to launch to current practices and goals for development. Statistics obtained in the first two years of the project will be shared and discussed. We will also explore next steps as we move into the creation of original content that will be pushed to the community of followers of our Twitter presence. Practical advice will be provided on how to design and manage a system to promote development of teaching and learning.

Lead Presenter

Sailing beneath the flag of piratical pedagogy, Dr. Stacy Greathouse currently serves as an Instructional Designer practicing the art of innovative instructional navigation and curriculum mapping with Texas WomanÕs University. Able to chart courses literally and figuratively, she swears to the duties of aligning educational objectives through and around learning obstacles. She pressed into this calling owing to a PhD in pirates, pedagogy, and children's literature granted by Illinois State University in 2013. Having sailed with Carnegie Mellon University to reap the treasure of MasterÕs degree in Literary and Cultural Theory, she barters in skills concerning literature, history, public speaking, composition, drama, and counseling. Still, her most satisfying accomplishment has been to emerge as Dr. Pyrate through writing, instructing, and presenting about pirates as they appear across genres in history and literature.

For a time, Stacy settled in ports as curriculum developer, computer instructor, early childhood teacher, and career counselor. Now, she continues to build an educational atlas through work with faculty in Education, Dental Hygiene, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Kinesiology, Communication Sciences, and more.