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It’s nearly time for – Ten Days of Twitter for London South Bank University!

If you’re new to Twitter and would like to explore its use in your professional activities or if you’re an experienced tweeter and just want to support colleagues who are new to Twitter and welcome them to the community, then join us on 23rd April 2018 for ten days of exploring Twitter and building your professional network! We’ll be focusing on building an ongoing community with twitter chats and hashtags, to explore the role of social media generally in learning and teaching in higher education. Each day you will be given a 10 minute activity – that you can do on your commute, luchtime or whenever you have time.

Ten Days of Twitter is a fully online programme.

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Who is it for?

It's an open and collaborative course designed for LSBU academic and professional staff and the wider academic community. All welcome

How does #LSBU10DoT work?

Ten Days of Twitter is an online programme. It is tailored for academic staff (Faculty lecturers, librarians, student support staff and others) at London South Bank University, UK. We will be covering the basics and some more advanced tips on using Twitter in an academic context, and as such, the materials are very tailored for academic staff at LSBU, the kinds of work they do and how Twitter can enhance their professional activities. #LSBU10DoT is a sort of mini-MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) so there is no limit on the number of participants – the more people tweeting, the better!

Ten days of Twitter in real time:

Over the ten days of the programme, I will publish a post with the Day’s task so that you can work through it whenever you have ten minutes or more spare in the day. Don’t worry if you get a bit left behind – you can always catch up! You might wish to bookmark the blog so you can find it easily each day, or you could ‘follow’ the blog to receive an update and link by email when I post.

Each post will contain instructions for a small part of learning to use Twitter, together with tailored suggestions of how it might work effectively for you in your professional context. Each task shouldn’t take you much more than ten minutes a day (some of the later posts will have extras, which may take you more time). However, Ten Days of Twitter is also about building your professional community and making new contacts (without which Twitter won’t work well for you!) so I really encourage you to send a Tweet or two every day to let us know how you’re getting on! Remember to use the hashtag #LSBU10DoT so we can locate your tweets. I also recommend that you spend a few minutes scanning through the Twitter feed of tweets from the people you follow, to see how they use Twitter and also to see what information you can pick up. Twitter is both about what you have to say, but also what you can learn from others.

After the live programme, the materials will be left up here for you to refer back to later, or to catch up in your own time if you dropped behind.

If you have any difficulties, let me know! You could comment on one of the blog’s posts, or drop me an email (or a tweet!) My email address is rowellc@lsbu.ac.uk

10 Days of Twitter in your own time:

The advantage of joining in a live version of the programme is that you build up a real life network of contacts among the other participants, learning together. It also helps to structure your time a little! However, if there is no course running at the moment, or if you’d rather work through the materials by yourself in your own time, you’re welcome to do so. All the materials from previous iterations will be left up here for reference (the course may be tailored for different groups or evolve over time, so posts may vary between iterations).

What topics will be covered on the course?

Here’s what is covered over the Ten Days of Twitter. We look at a small aspect each day, building it up bit by bit so you’ll be tweeting confidently in a couple of weeks!

• Day One: Set up a profile

• Day Two: What to tweet

• Day Three: Following people

• Day Four: @messages

• Day Five: Retweeting

• Day Six: Hashtags

• Day Seven: Pictures and videos

• Day Eight: Managing people (apps to create lists)

• Day Nine: Managing information (apps to curate links)

• Day Ten: Past and Future: Twitter archiving and scheduling tweets

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