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Twitter is a micro-blogging and social networking site that allows you to communicate and share information with other Twitter users of your choice through short messages.

Research findings from faculty and student interviews and surveys have shown that faculty-student and student-student engagement is one of the main challenges in online courses. Professors can use Twitter as one way to facilitate communication with and between students.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Twitter.


Instructions on How to Use Twitter

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Twitter.


Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use Twitter.

Demo: How To Sign Up on Twitter

Demo: How to Tweet

Demo: How to Follow Others

Demo: Other Twitter Basics

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Twitter

No specific software is required to use Twitter. In general, a cell phone is used to send and receive Tweets; however, phones are not required. Twitter will work with any operating system and Internet browser.


Go to www.twitter.com to access Twitter and send a tweet.

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Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.


e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. Twitter, like other web based social networking sites, offers a unique opportunity to engage students in course content. Tweets are short in length so messages have to be brief and concise. Twitter could be used by a class to collect observational data or as a way for students to share links to resources. Caution should be utilized when using Twitter and other social media since these media blur the lines between public and private spaces.