Democratising the learning process: the use of Twitter in the teaching of Politics and International Relations

Date

2013-03-20

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0263-3957

Volume Title

Publisher

Politics

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Twitter has become an established feature of the contemporary landscape. It has been used by, among others, politicians, political parties, governments, international organisations, charities, think-tanks and individuals from academics to celebrities. Twitter has also been subject to a great deal of debate and analysis. This includes its impact on the relationship between government and citizens, a point that came to the fore in the 2011 Arab Spring when Twitter provided an important communication vehicle for popular uprising. However, less has been written on the use and impact of Twitter as a method to support learning and teaching. This article examines the use of Twitter as a way of promoting student engagement, arguing that it offers the opportunity to democratise student learning.

Description

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Keywords

Twitter, student engagement, informal learning, community of learners

Citation

Blair, A. (2013) Democratising the Learning Process: The Use of Twitter in the Teaching of Politics and International Relations. Politics, 33 (2), pp. 135-145

Rights

Research Institute