Microblogging in Education: An Instructional Tool for Student Engagement
Abstract: This study involved an examination of the use of Twitter to increase culinary student engagement in course work and academic achievement, as measured by correct answers on an exam. Mobile technology is positively shifting how educators and students are communicating, collaborating, and engaging with one another. Educators are tying together students’ penchant for social networking and texting with active participation (i.e., engagement) measures in the course structure with a new emphasis on using mobile technology to engage learners. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE, 2012) tool pre and post survey was used to analyze students’ perceptions of engagement practices before and after the study. With regard to using social networking cites in class, a positive relationship existed between a learner’s level of engagement and achievement. The recommendation of this study is to look at ways in which Twitter can be adopted by other instructors in the university and to see to what end other positive outcomes can be achieved.
Presider: Angelos Emmanouilidis, University of Turku