Monday, April 9, 2012

Twitter Recommendations

This month I am following up on a promise made to readers in my April 11th column in The Chronicle of Higher Education to provide a fuller list of recommended Twitter feeds from Derek Bruff, the Director of the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University. Derek was kind enough to serve as a guide for me through the teaching and learning Twitterverse, and to share his insights into how Twitter can contribute to a faculty member's personal learning network on teaching and learning in higher education.

I gave a number of my own recommendations for Twitter feeds to follow in this area, and below you will find the recommendations that Derek gave to me, each followed by a brief explanation of what he finds useful about it:

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@GardnerCampbell – Generally brilliant, and particularly smart about digital media and technology in teaching and learning

@sidneyeve – A great curator of links and resources relevant to the intersection of social media and education

@RobertTalbert – The Chronicle’s own “Casting Out Nines” blogger also tweets about math, technology, and education

@BrianCroxall – One of the ProfHackers (or is that Profs Hacker?), Brian is a great source of information about teaching and the digital humanities

@cvhorii – Cassandra’s relatively new to Twitter, but she does a great job covering conferences on topics relevant to teaching at liberal arts colleges.

@CNDLS – The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown tweets about the many interesting teaching initiatives on their campus

@CatherineCronin – Thanks to a conference in Galway last year, I follow a number of higher ed folks in Ireland. Catherine does a great job of tweeting about the higher ed landscape over there.

@dcbphd – Assessment in education? Learning spaces? Yes, there’s a tweeter for that.

@pomeranian99 – This Wired Magazine columnist is a great example of someone outside academic who’s worth following.

@EDTECHHULK – My favorite of the Twitter Hulks, this one likes to smash bad uses of educational technology.

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I took Derek's advice and followed all of these folks, and have found all of them excellent resources. If you were as befuddled as I was by the fact that Derek implies that are multiple "Twitter Hulks," just take my word for it and follow this one. His posts are written in the stilted, all-capitalized prose that one might imagine the Incredible Hulk would use if he had a Twitter feed on teaching and learning in higher education. It's hard to describe exactly how and why this is funny, so I will simply let you see for yourself.

In the meantime, work on the cheating book has shifted into high gear, as I am making excellent progress and have a good vision of the whole plan at this point. Hope to be more than halfway done by the end of April . . . You can see occasional updates on my progress, and even ideas or examples from the book, at @LangOnCourse if you are interested.