Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 20

Volume 20 Number 2, Pages 129-136

Summer 2009

Teaching Tip
Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence

Joanna C. Dunlap
Patrick R. Lowenthal
University of Colorado - Denver
Denver, CO 80204, USA

Abstract: To be truly effective, online learning must facilitate the social process of learning. This involves providing space and opportunities for students and faculty to engage in social activities. Although learning management systems offer several tools that support social learning and student engagement, the scope, structure, and functionality of those tools can inhibit and restrain just-in-time social connections and interactions. In this teaching tip, we describe our use of Twitter to encourage free-flowing just-in-time interactions and how these interactions can enhance social presence in online courses. We then describe instructional benefits of Twitter, and conclude with guidelines for incorporating Twitter in online courses.

Keywords: Social presence, Teaching presence, Cognitive presence, Online learning, Twitter, Social interaction, Microblogging, Microsharing, Community of inquiry, Social networking, Student engagement

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Recommended Citation: Dunlap, J. C. & Lowenthal, P. R. (2009). Teaching Tip: Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(2), 129-136.