The use of social media are becoming increasingly popular in higher education, (Arrigoni and Alvaro et al. 2016). An opportunity to take advantage of this to feedback succinctly arose in a postgraduate course.
Aim and objectives
The aims of this project were;
1. To evaluate the usefulness of an exercise to facilitate learning gain
2. Ascertain what role Twitter played in communicating that learning gain back
A narrative arts based educational method was used to structure this evaluation (Barone and Eisner, (1997). Having first obtained ethical approval; students participated in a focus group. Nine (n=9) students took part and the focus group was facilitated using Evoke cards. Output was thematically analysed using Newell and Burnard’s, (2011), approach.
Two main categories with three themes apiece emerged from the data. These were:
1. The What Learn Exercise, (WLE)
a. Providing scaffolding
b. Contractual obligation?
c. Takes time to mature
2. Use of Twitter
a. Motivating and fun
b. How effective is it really?
c. Have I got time for this?
• Providing scaffolding nurtures reflective skills
• Twitter works best as part of a wider suite of tools
• Twitter, like all tools needs to be used appropriately to work
Arrigoni C. Alvaro R. Vellone E. and Vanzetta M. (2016). Social media and nurse education: An integrative review of the literature. Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism. 6.1.
Barone T. and Eisner E. (1997). Arts based educational research. In M. Jaeger (Ed.), Complementary methods for research in education. 2nd Ed. (pp. 36 116). Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association
Newell R. and Burnard P. (2011). A pragmatic approach to qualitative data analysis. In Newell R. and Burnard. P. (2011). Research for Evidence-Based Practice. 2nd Ed. Chichester. Wiley and Sons
|Conference||38th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference 2019|
|Period||27/02/19 → 28/02/19|
- learning technology
- Learning gain