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In total I had 81 LSBU members of staff register for the course which I was very pleased with. This is quick blog post mainly aimed at the participants of the course – really just to give you a feel of what others thought about the course. In terms of evaluating the #LSBU10DoT course I have initially looked at three sources of data; end of course survey results, Twitter analytics and intranet metrics:
RESULTS OF END OF COURSE SURVEY:
As of the 11th May (the survey will remain open for another week) 15 participants of the #LSBU10DoT course completed the end of course evlauation questionnaire (response rate of 19% – which is not too bad for an online survey). Here is a brief summary of the results.
5 out of 15 completed the course. Those that didn’t finish were still catching up, too busy with work and couldnt find the time as the course became ‘less intuitive’. 100% of respondants thought the course clearly demonstarted how Twitter could be used in a professional context. The vast majority 80% and above thought that the content of the 10 days was ‘just the right amount of detail’. Although there were a few comments; ‘I felt there was a little too much text – but that’s probably because I am a relatively advanced
user!’, ‘I got lost at hashtags and all my previous anxieties about twitter just seemed reinforced’, I’ve entered ‘just enough detail’ because depending in your level of experience you might need more or less detail. What you provided enabled more experienced users to be selective but covered all bases for less experienced users’.
They were genarally happy with the topics covered although there were a couple of suggestions of what could have been included, such as, ‘How Twitter can be used with blogging’ and ‘Could we have a bit on institutional policies, what is/isn’t appropriate for LSBU staff etc?’.
In terms of the mode of delivery one persone commented that they ‘Found it difficult to access the intranet off campus’ and another said ‘Thought it worked quite well – but nothing showed up in yammer – was that correct? & would
be good to know how to access the content again if one wanted to (can you download a PDF nfor printing and reading for example?)’
8 respondant said that changed the way they used twitter as result of the course; ‘Exploring use of lists (jury’s out) & have changed some settings thanks to the painstakinglyclear instructions within the programme!’, ‘I will utilise lists, moments and schedule tweets from now onwards’, ‘My bio is more useful now and I have changed my profile picture’ and ‘ More thoughtful about my approach to twitter’.
Finally I had three overall responces about the course that were very positive:
‘Well done! – thought it worked well! But perhaps a face to face element over a mid point
lunch time would bring it alive? (& would build support more of a ‘community’ aspect ?)’
‘Thank you so much for the lessons. It is a very useful resource which will be extremely useful or those who missed the LSBU10DoT I have enjoyed the daily lessons and will continue to improve my twitter experience for myself and others’
‘Overall, glad I took part. I’m just very slow at this- perhaps for those like me there could be a follow up in a couple of weeks – for any questions that have raised during this time’
Obviously its really pleasing to get such positive comments and I like the idea of maybe doing a F2F sesion, maybe half way through the course to bring people together and share experiences.
This chart above is from the @LSBU10DoT twitter acount showing the number of ‘Impressions’ over the duration of the course. ‘Impressions’ are the number of times tweets are viewed – judging by the numbers it wasnt just participants who had enrolled on the course who were veiwing them. In fact the most popular tweet below was about a best practice workshop:
This is interesting because it was advertising a F2F work shop in the university that didnt have anything to do with the #LSBU10DoT course.
QUICK ANALYSIS OF THE INTRANET PAGES (thanks to Alice Saunders for these figures):
|PAGE||VISITS||BOUNCE RATE||AV TIME ON PAGE|
Best performing days in terms of engagement were: Day 3 and Day 7 and Day 1. This may be because the day’s content particularly reflected what the audience wanted/needed to know.
Visits steadily decline as the week progresses. However, most days follow the pattern of on-the-day spike and then some additional visits collected over the next 4 days. So, some of the latter days will still be getting new traffic now, as people use the content in their time.
Remember low bounce rate is good. So, the best performers in terms of sticky content were: Day 3 and Day 7.
Overall the data above in terms of the survey results, intranet metrics and Twitter analytics, they give a very positive impression of the course. Generally particiapants were very content with the course content. It could appeal to both experienced and new users of Twitter. They like the way it was targeted for an academic audience and it seemed to fit well into their working day. They became more competent and professional users of Twitter. On the downside I was slightly disappointed with the level of Twitter activity, having previously run the course at another much smaller university I noticed a much less engaged and participatory culture on this version of the course. There are a number of possible reasons for this and the evaluation survey does suggest that some participants found the content a bit too complex and that it was less easy to access the information on the intranet off campus. With a few changes I think it would be worth running the course again or even thinking about other versions focusing on Blogging or other learning technology tools like Moodle or Mahara.
Natalie Lafferty (@nlafferty) Natalie is an open education practitioner in higher and medical education and heads the Centre for Technology and Innovation in Learning at the University of Dundee. Over the past 10 years she’s been an advocate of using open technologies in higher education to support co-creation of learning and digital scholarship. Natalie led the development of Dundee Medical School’s WordPress-based VLE “MedBlogs’ and in her teaching encourages students to use WordPress to support their reflective practice.
Pat Lockley (@pgogy) started out in WordPress at the University of Nottingham as a blogger. He then went to work at the University of Oxford on a WordPress OER project as a developer. When that ended, he worked on another WordPress OER project. He then went to the University of London, where amongst other things, he helped redesign their blog For the last four years, he’s been self-employed running Pgogy Webstuff and doing a lot in WordPress. You can see more on his WordPress dot Org profile
For more information about the conference go to the pressED site
Last week I took part in a really interesting conference that was done entirely on Twitter. The overall theme of the conference was using WordPress blogs in education and research. Throughout the day presenters were given a 15 minute slot and then they could tweet out their presentation over a series of tweets. This usually meant they sent 15 tweets in total and then people following the presentation could ask questions or make contributions. As long as they used the conference hasgtag #pressEdconf18 everyone can follow the twitter converstions and make further contributions over the course of the day (or later if they wanted to).
Like most conferences there was a schedule of presentations including several keynotes from eminent scholars in the conference theme; Gurminder K Bhambra, Jana Bacevic, Mark Carrigan, Derek Roberston, Pat Thomson and Jim Groom. Hope i didn’t miss anyone! I was really busy on the day with my day job so could only dip into these conversations to see what was happening. I suppose that was the beauty of the Twitter conference – even though I was so busy I could still check out these presentations, maybe not in full but at least get a flavour of their content. I certainly couldn’t have attended a f2f conference or even have time to check out any online presentations via webinars.
My own presentation was on ‘Setting up a WordPress site from scratch’. I spent the previous couple of days preparing the tweets. First making sure their content was within the tweet character limit. Next, adding further links to relevant information, mainly other websites that included the details I could not include in my tweets. I also made sure all of my tweets had some visual content, either a photo, image or GIF. I genuinely found it surprising how much information could be contained in one tweet and thus over the 15 tweets the content of my presentation was quite extensive.
It is difficult to fully evaluate such a presentation in a Twitter conference. I suppose one measure could be how many people viewed my tweets. I’m not sure how accurate these figures are but here are my ‘Impressions’ (tweets sent that actually generate interaction or replies from others online):
1: 648 2: 263 3: 233 4: 383 5: 533 6:224 7: 232 8. 100 9: 380 10: 172 11: 266 12: 143 13: 164 14: 345 15: 214
So as you can see the numbers vary alot but it does suggest quite alot of people are checking out the tweets. Also, during and after the presentation there were quite a few replies to my tweets:
Many thanks to the organisers Natalie Lafferty (@nlafferty) and Pat Lockley (@pgogy) for a great day and overall the experience of the Twitter conference was both interesting as an event in itself but it also gave my plenty ‘food for thought’ about maybe doing something similar in the future Link to all the presenters Tweeter moments is here too. It would take a degree of organsiation but given my experience of the day I think it might be worth doing!
Coming soon 10 Days of Twitter at London South Bank University – starting on 23rd April 2018.
It’s nearly time for – Ten Days of Twitter for London South Bank University!
If you’re new to Twitter and would like to explore its use in your professional activities or if you’re an experienced tweeter and just want to support colleagues who are new to Twitter and welcome them to the community, then join us on 23rd April 2018 for ten days of exploring Twitter and building your professional network! We’ll be focusing on building an ongoing community with twitter chats and hashtags, to explore the role of social media generally in learning and teaching in higher education. Each day you will be given a 10 minute activity – that you can do on your commute, luchtime or whenever you have time.
Who is it for?
It’s an open and collaborative course designed for LSBU academic and professional staff and the wider academic community. All welcome
How does #LSBU10DoT work?
Ten Days of Twitter is an online programme, run through this WordPress blog. It is tailored for academic staff (Faculty lecturers, librarians, student support staff and others) at London South Bank University, UK. We will be covering the basics and some more advanced tips on using Twitter in an academic context, and as such, the materials are very tailored for academic staff at LSBU, the kinds of work they do and how Twitter can enhance their professional activities. However, if you are from a different institution or do not work in Higher Education at all, you are welcome either to join in by ‘following’ the blog to receive email updates or to work through the materials in your own time. #LSBU10DoT is a sort of mini-MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) so there is no limit on the number of participants – the more people tweeting, the better!
Ten days of Twitter in real time:
Over the ten days of the programme, I will publish a post with the Day’s task so that you can work through it whenever you have ten minutes or more spare in the day. Don’t worry if you get a bit left behind – you can always catch up! You might wish to bookmark the blog so you can find it easily each day, or you could ‘follow’ the blog to receive an update and link by email when I post.
Each post will contain instructions for a small part of learning to use Twitter, together with tailored suggestions of how it might work effectively for you in your professional context. Each task shouldn’t take you much more than ten minutes a day (some of the later posts will have extras, which may take you more time). However, Ten Days of Twitter is also about building your professional community and making new contacts (without which Twitter won’t work well for you!) so I really encourage you to send a Tweet or two every day to let us know how you’re getting on! Remember to use the hashtag #LSBU10DoT so we can locate your tweets. I also recommend that you spend a few minutes scanning through the Twitter feed of tweets from the people you follow, to see how they use Twitter and also to see what information you can pick up. Twitter is both about what you have to say, but also what you can learn from others.
After the live programme, the materials will be left up here for you to refer back to later, or to catch up in your own time if you dropped behind.
If you have any difficulties, let me know! You could comment on one of the blog’s posts, or drop me an email (or a tweet!) My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Days of Twitter in your own time:
The advantage of joining in a live version of the programme is that you build up a real life network of contacts among the other participants, learning together. It also helps to structure your time a little! However, if there is no course running at the moment, or if you’d rather work through the materials by yourself in your own time, you’re welcome to do so. All the materials from previous iterations will be left up here for reference (the course may be tailored for different groups or evolve over time, so posts may vary between iterations).
What topics will be covered on the course?
Here’s what is covered over the Ten Days of Twitter. We look at a small aspect each day, building it up bit by bit so you’ll be tweeting confidently in a couple of weeks!
• Day One: Set up a profile
• Day Two: What to tweet
• Day Three: Following people
• Day Four: @messages
• Day Five: Retweeting
• Day Six: Hashtags
• Day Seven: Pictures and videos
• Day Eight: Managing people (apps to create lists)
• Day Nine: Managing information (apps to curate links)
• Day Ten: Past and Future: Twitter archiving and scheduling tweets
Yesterday I went to the Social Media in Higher Education conference at Sheffield Hallam University and helped deliver a workshop on ‘Twalking’. Here are the slides from the session:
Also Andrew Middleton has produced a really useful Twalk Tool Kit for anyone thinking of setting up their own Twalk:
Here is the Storify from Andrew Middleton’s Twalk last week: