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No Talking at the Back

June 7, 2013 Leave a comment

A Twitter Backchannel pre-conference workshop for the Learning @ City Conference

I don’t usually ‘write-up’ or share my work workshops here, but this was a little different because 1) it was the first for a long time (my first at City!) 2) It was using iPads (for my first time) 3) it had the best set of feedback I’ve ever had.

No Talking at the Back was a pre-conference workshop for the Learning @ City 2013 conference. The workshop ran 3 times – once for edtech staff and then twice with conference delegates. It’s an introduction to using Twitter to participate in ‘backchannel communication’ during live events such as conferences. There were some pre-workshop activities (including creating an account) and the session itself was a lot of hands-on practical stuff with some discussion around topics such as is it OK to tweet photos of fellow delegates.

Myself and the attendees all used iPads in the workshop which worked really well. I used Prezi to structure the session but much of my presentation was demonstration. It was a slightly strange situation (as it always is) to have participants communicating and interacting with each other online when sitting a few feet from each other but it seemed to work.


I had some great individual comments in the feedback and 100% chose Very Good for the workshop overall. More importantly everyone said they might change their practice as a result of the workshop – Yes (4 people), Probably (5) & Possibly (3). Summary of Feedback


Twitter at LSE Teaching Day

June 25, 2010 2 comments

Google Generation Panel DiscussionFor LSE Teaching Day 2010 we heavily promoted the use of Twitter as a backchannel communication tool and were very pleased with the results.  Twitter updates relating to Teaching Day were identifiable by the event tag: #lsetd10


The 249 updates* were made by 29 people, 16 LSE staff & students and 13 non-LSE showing how backchannel communication can extend beyond the walls of a face-to-face event. The event had 180 delegates.

A large majority of tweets came from a small number people:

  • Only 7 people reached double figures
  • One person, @tweeduizendzes was responsible for almost 1/3 of the updates
  • Top 5 tweeters accounted for 77% of the updates

Types of Updates

Tweets can be standard updates, replies (directed at someone in response to an update), mentions (an update referencing somone else) or retweets (one person re-posting another’s earlier update).

  • Updates 63%
  • Retweets 26%
  • Replies 6%
  • Mentions 5%

I have attempted to classify the 249 tweets based on their purpose with the following results: Read more…

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Blog Off?

September 18, 2009 4 comments

Last week, following my quick poll on blogging & tweeting, Gráinne Conole started an Is Twitter killing Blogging? discussion on Cloudworks. The excellent discussion has ended now but I’d promised I’d blog and very much wanted to sooner but finding the time… what with all that tweeting…

First, the overall results of my poll, which are based on 53 responses as I have removed the 7 respondents who have never blogged.  Results in full

Interestingly, when I answered the poll I chose about the same but looking at my blog stats I now realise I should have said less!  I wonder if any others made my mistake?

Many of the comments on Cloudworks ring true for me. Like Kate Boardman, Terry Wassall & others I’ve struggled to ‘find time’ to write blog posts. My August contribution to the VLE – PLE debate was one I’d mentally drafted following Graham Attwell’s keynote at April’s Plymouth Elearning Conference! I’m also finding, like Juliette Culver, that since my tweeting has increased I’ve been following feeds less and get to many blog posts via Twitter.  However, as the majority of the bloggers that I follow also tweet this is not a problem for me.  I also agree with John Pallister’s suspicion that many of the bloggers I follow have been blogging less recently which in some cases seems to be Twitter-related. Read more…

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Finding People to Follow

May 11, 2009 2 comments

I’ve been preparing for another Twitter workshop this morning and spent part of the time looking for examples of people who Twitter.  As Twitter is all about your network,  if you don’t build one then you are unlikely to see the benefits and stick with it.  My last Twitter workshop was at the Plymouth E-Learning conference (pictured) and ‘selling’ Twitter to elearning folk is fairly straight-forward as there are lots of educational technology types to follow  (BTW – There are over 1000 Twitter updates related to the Plymouth conference!).

My workshop on Wednesday is for staff at the LSE who are not educational technologists so I wanted to have a list of ‘people’ to follow that might be more relevant to them.  Finding people is quite difficult when you are looking beyond your own network so below are a few starting point I’ll be highlighting on Wednesday.  If you’ve any more social science related twitterers, let me know!

For politics there’s a lot of potential, Tweetminster is a good site bringing together the feeds of MPs who Twitter, as well as @DowningStreet, @UKParliament and @guidofawkes to keep you in touch with goings-on in Westminster. According to sourcewatch there are 19 Senators and 50 Representatives in the US Congress twittering away.  Other examples i’ll be highlighting are @intuteeconomics,@IntutePsychUK, @policynetwork, @HEFCE, @GuardianEdu, as well as a handful at LSE @lsepublicevents, @lsecareers, @lsesummerschool & @charliebeckett

And I’ll be encouraging the use of searching via both Find People & Twitter Advanced Search.  I’ll also highlight sites such as which have lists such as academics who Twitter.  Once you have a small network it gets easier and I found browsing friends of my followers the best way to widen my network.

Slides from my Plymouth workshop:

My annotated Twitter handouts are also on slideshare.

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Going Mobile

May 8, 2009 2 comments

I’ve never been one for gadgets – the Franklin Rex-3 I bought back in 1997 being the only one I ever owned!  My mobile phones have always been bog standard (free)  models and I’ve never really made much use of the camera or web access:  the odd pic that rarely left the phone, the footy results when I’m out and about.

This year my habits seem to be changing and it is strongly connected to my ever increasing use of Twitter.  A few months ago I discovered that my mobile had  the Opera Mini web browser (it had never occurred to me to look!!).  Since then I’ve found myself reading & twittering more and more on the move which in turn has led to a lot more general browsing.

At the same time I’ve been enjoying an increase in the number of pictures appearing in my twitter stream from services such as twitpic.   And now I’ve joined in thanks to my discovery that I can update Twitter with photos via MMS (multimedia texts) from my phone.  I send the MMS to Mobypicture via an email address (I didn’t know this was possible!) and they automatically update Twitter.  Despite the name, Mobypicture can also be used for audio & video and there are many service integrations including facebook, youtube, flickr & wordpress.

Audio Boo LogoOf course I’m still a long way from being a gadget boy as I discovered at James Clay’s great Mobile Learning workshop at the Plymouth E-learning conference last month where there was a whole suitcase of gadgets!  One of the mobile applications James showed that I really liked was audioBoo  At the moment it’s restricted to the i-Phone but I’m sure they’ll be alternatives soon.  AudioBoo allows you to make & publish an audio recording, with a photo and an automatic Google map location.  Great potential for fieldtrips.   Here’s an example audioBoo James made with me at the conference dinner.

Twitter Growth?

January 16, 2009 7 comments

Completely anecdotal but a possible indicator of increased use of Twitter in the last few months?  In September I noted that there had been 300+ tweets tagged with #altc2008 relating to the 3-day 600+ delegate Association of Learning Technologies annual conference.  Today I’m at a 1-day virtual worlds event with about 70 people and so far there seem to be 400+ tweets and rising.  Post on the event will follow on  my work blog.

Oh happy new year! (resolution to blog more often going really well)

Update (Jan 21): Final count for #cevw09 was 600+ which didn’t please everyone.

Tweet from @sleslie

Tweet from @slater

I have to say I found it a bit much too and I was there!  Lots of people saying what the guy in front of me had just said BUT I have really enjoyed following other events… so nicely positioned on the fence!  Be interested to hear what others think…

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Hashtags & Backchannels

October 30, 2008 5 comments

One of my favourite things about using twitter is the hashtag as highlighted by this tweet of the two-days-ago.

Tweet of the other Day

Tweet of the other Day

Adding a hashtag to a tweet links tweets together.  So, earlier this week at the University of Leicester there was a face-to-face seminar to discuss a facebook study carried out there.  The hashtag #ormfb was used by those attending or following the event resulting in pages of tweets.  Many of the  tweets are ‘trivial’  but does that matter?  Some aren’t and what’s important as well are the new connections that are being made.   I’m not at Leicester, knew nothing of the report but happened to spot #ormfb in a tweet by @AJCann so I asked what it was, and was told by @stujohnson and I then found @jennifermjones who I’d never come across before but now follow!

Hashtags are great for conferences and featured heavily at ALT-C 2008.  #altc2008 on twitter: 300+ tweets before, during and after the event.  And of course it’s not just twitter and hashtags.  The altc2008 tag was used on flickr, blog posts, delicious and no doubt elsewhere.  See my conference page for examples.

Another great conference example from @joedale:

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