Based on your interest, you may opt to try out the social media, Twitter, for your social media activity in this course. Using Twitter will help you experience some of the scholarly practices about which you will be reading, as well as to facilitate your critical reflection on the integration of this particular socio-technical space into adult learning and professional practices. Please follow these guidelines for using Twitter and for tweeting on a regular basis:

    • If you have not already, sign-up for Twitter at
    • Post your Twitter handle (for example, mine is @chrisgreenhow) on our Social Media Accounts Google Spreadsheet:
    • Follow Christine Greenhow on Twitter (@chrisgreenhow). Go to or you can search for us in Twitter’s search box and click the “Follow” button. Do the same for your classmates. Follow them on Twitter.
    • Identify at least 25 people/accounts beyond our class to follow on Twitter to help you learn about your research interest area and communicating via social media. At least 20 of these people should be outside of your PhD program.
    • Post regularly such as 4-5 times per week.
  • Vary your type of posts. Some should be a RT (re-tweet) or @mention.
  • “Favorite” the tweets in your own feed you think are worth highlighting.
  • Your tweets for this course should use the hashtag: #MSUepet so we can all see your tweet. It will show up in the course site sidebar.

Twitter Resources

Twitter Resources Specific to Academia

For Scholarly Purposes

General Social Media Strategies

  • 20 Inspiring Women to Follow
    • This is Twitter-specific, but these are mostly academics who are doing interesting things in their field, and many of them overlap with areas of interest in the course.
  • Tips and Tricks
    • This article delves into tips and tricks for self-promotion as well as general social media practices, including managing your digital identity across multiple platforms.

Twitter for Teaching/Learning

  • Tips for Twitter in Medical Education
    • Although this was written for medical-specific courses, 11 out of the 12 tips are completely applicable to any higher-ed field, and the last tip can be altered to your field of choice.
  • Teaching with Twitter
    • In this Google doc we’ve summarized example ways to use Twitter in teaching practices and assignments in the higher-ed learning environment. These practices have been distilled from the research on microblogging in education, punctuated by sample tweets.
  • Best Practices for Tweeting in Higher Education
    • These are specific guidelines from a literature review on Twitter in higher education.
  • 10 Ways to Learn from Twitter
    • A list of practices to help you build your knowledge base in and out of your field.

Twitter for Self Promotion/Self-Branding