Using Microblogging as a Cognitive Tool in the College Classroom
Abstract: This paper explores microblogging as a cognitive tool. Specifically, it reviews its use and benefits in the classroom environment to extend course discussions and challenge assumptions. The use of microblogging to immerse learners more deeply around the course content and in interactions with peers by extending discussions and encouraging deeper thinking is examined. A review of the literature is provided as it relates to using digital technologies to facilitate course reflection and encourage out-of-class engagement. Instructional experiences with using Twitter in the classroom are also discussed. Conclusions from this research project support the creation and dissemination of knowledge using microblogging as a cognitive tool to facilitate teaching and learning.