USING TWITTER AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL TOOL: A CASE STUDY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

 

ABSTRACT

The implementation of Web 2.0 technologies and related research studies are in their early stages. Therefore, this study addresses the utilization of the most commonly used microblogging website, Twitter, in a higher education course. Study participants (n = 48) filled out a quantitative survey before, during, and after participating in a course that utilized Twitter as an instructional tool. At the end of the course, the participants responded to eight open-ended questions about the process and idea of using Twitter. The study result showed that the participants increased their uses of Twitter for learning purposes. The participantsí ideas of using Twitter as a teaching or learning tool progressed during the course. They also remarked about the possible negative effects of Twitter in instruction.