Singapore: University + Twitter = Twuniversity

I love the bit about having to be where the students are and using modern tools . Not just education should be saying that!

A Singapore-based university lecturer believes educators should harness the potential of social media as it is not only practical, this is in the interest of students who will go into the workforce as “efficient knowledge workers”.

Toward this end, he encourages tweeting in class.

While some balk at the idea of introducing Twitter into classroomsOpens in a new tab., Michael Netzley, assistant professor of Corporate Communication Practice at Singapore Management University, told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail interview that educators can help students and prepare them for life outside the university.

With students using channels such as Twitter or discussion forums in their normal life, it “only makes sense” for educators to speak to them through channels they are familiar with and proficient at using, said Netzley.

“Sometimes, as educators, we make the assumption that ideas must come first from us, the faculty member. We dislike anything that draws attention away from us as we deliver what we think students need to know,” he said. “Frankly, I feel we sometimes over-elevate the importance of faculty in the complex process of student learning.”

“Learning happens everywhere,” he said. He added that the use of Twitter or discussion forums such as FriendFeed in the class opens up opportunities for students to participate and play an active role in their learning. (Read More on ZdNet AsiaOpens in a new tab.)

I think a couple of Australian Unis are doing the same, also,  mostly in media studies and communications degrees.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

15 thoughts on “Singapore: University + Twitter = Twuniversity

  1. RT @tweetmeme Singapore: University + Twitter = Twuniversity http://is.gd/7MzCV – via @silkcharm

  2. Wow, it’s nice to have our university being mentioned by an expert in social media! I happen to be in Prof Michael’s class too! My group and i are also responsible for updating a wiki on the social media landscape in Australia. It’s still in the works… but do come by to take a look if you’d like! http://comm215.wetpaint.com/page/Australia

  3. first time here, i must say this singapore article is a welcome surprise. 🙂 you might have missed out on the Facebook App development course that another Singapore uni has.. http://www.insidefacebook.com/2008/02/18/national-university-of-singapore-launches-worlds-2nd-class-on-facebook-application-development/

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