Thoughts on Twitter Moods

Moods on Twitter Follow Biological Rhythms, Study Finds – NYTimes.com.

I wonder how this approach to parsing Twitter usage extends to the classroom. I have observed that many students groan when I tell them at the beginning of course that they will be using Twitter for peer feedback and evaluation – as if I am assigning them to eat their most-hated vegetable. And yet the same students produce tweets that are thoughtful and thought-provoking. Are students more comfortable using Twitter in class or on their own time? It would be interesting to go back to those same students who complained about it in the first place and determine if they ultimately use it for their own communication purposes or if they delete their accounts as soon as our course is complete.

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Diane Jakacki

About Diane Jakacki

Diane Jakacki received her PhD from the University of Waterloo, where she specialized in early modern printed drama, and participated in federally-funded digital humanities research projects. She has published two articles on applying social semiotic methods to early modern theatre history, an edition of Wit and Science, and co-authored an essay on developing digital image annotation tools. She is a software consultant to imageMAT and the Records of Early English Drama. At Georgia Tech she applies digital humanities methods to pedagogical solutions. Jakacki is currently developing researching the Elizabethan clown Richard Tarlton and his touring relationship with the Queen’s Men troupe.
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