Twitical Thinking

An article in Educause Review July/Aug 2012 explores what happens when a higher ed teacher uses Facebook and Twitter in undergraduate and graduate courses without becoming friends or followers.  Because Nicol Howard experienced problems with contacting students via Facebook, Twitter became the social network of choice, and thus the term Twitical Thinking evolved.

Was it successful?  A key take away from the experiment was stated “Continuing efforts using social networks in university classrooms will inform future theories on their effective use and best practices.”

Mobile learning fails to compute

Although a third of students found mobile devices an “important component of academic success”, many universities had not enabled mobile-enabled their services.   These are findings, reported in the Australian 4 July 2012, from an Educause report  conducted across 200 universities and colleges.