Sixth!? Day of #SU5DoT: What next?

Well, that’s the end of the Five Days of Twitter! I hope you enjoyed it, and that you are now tweeting confidently and productively if you were a beginner, or that you reviewed your practice and picked up a few hints and tips if you’d tweeted before. It was great to see so many people with experience of Twitter offering help and advice too- a fantastic demonstration of how Twitter can be a powerful learning network for professional development!

If you’re still catching up, don’t worry! The materials will remain online here for you to work through in your own time, and hopefully those who have already completed the course will be around on Twitter to offer support, advice and company! We have a record of our five days on Storify which includes many tips and ideas: https://storify.com/rscsam/su5dot

So where will you go from here? Have you decided that Twitter isn’t for you (and at least now you can make that decision on an informed basis!), or will you keep tweeting and taking part in the discussions and professional communities around Swansea University, your own subject area, and higher education on Twitter? For myself, I really think it’s a great tool for my own CPD and for sharing practice and learning from others, and it’s been great to make so many new contacts.

If you need more help with using Twitter, the site’s own support pages are a good introduction to the various things it can do. Or if you google your question or search on YouTube for video tutorials, you’ll also find that there are a host of resources that people have made and uploaded to help others. But perhaps best of all, your Twitter network itself is a great place to ask questions and find people who can answer them, as we’ve found on this course!

Evaluation

We’ll shortly be sending round an evaluation survey, to find out what you thought of 5 Days of Twitter. We’d really welcome your feedback, so we can improve the programme and perhaps run future courses like this on other aspects of social media!

The Future

Now you’ve learned to use Twitter as part of the #SU5DoT community, it would be great if we can sustain the conversations and the community around social media and academia at Swansea University.

Do message us to ask questions, engage in conversations or draw our attention to anything you think we should know about!

We’ll still be around on Twitter as @rscsam and @benfelen of course, tweeting about a wide range of issues to do with Higher Education.

We look forward to interacting with you in future – do keep in touch!

Finally, if you fancied running 5 Days of Twitter within your own department or project, information and materials for the course are on Helen Webster’s website: http://10daysoftwitter.wordpress.com/ We are very grateful for her sharing the course under a Creative Commons licence and all our material is also available on the same terms (see the “About” page on our blog).

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