In the spirit of summing up 2009, here are five top Twitter tweets for e-moderators and online tutors from 2009. Well, actually they’re from December 2009, but hey, this blog has only been going since November!
The thing about Twitter is that you only get 140 characters in a tweet (message), so you usually have to go to the web page itself to see if it’s worth reading. To save you a schlep, I’ve provided a quick description of the page in the tweet, so you can decide whether to visit it (or not). The five tweets below are for (respectively) online students, for wannabe online tutors, for newbie online tutors, for seasoned online tutors, and finally for jaded online tutors. Enjoy!
1 For online students
chunian: What You Need to Know About an Online Tutor- What you need to know about online tutor comes down to understanding j… http://bit.ly/6eXZmj
- General advice for students looking for an online tutor in any discipline.
- My favourite line: One should never be afraid of asking for the assistance of an online tutor, regardless of how old they are.
2 For wannabe online tutors
MyDishBusiness: Online Tutoring Jobs – Becoming an Online Tutor http://bit.ly/7oMMnP
- Outlines the differences between career, speciality and part-time online tutoring. Useful link to further resources at the end, including articles and videos.
- My favourite line: The principal attributes that good online tutors possess include a love of the subject, detailed knowledge and the people skills to pass it on.
3 For newbie online tutors
mlmamo: Interesting post – Online research community moderation – more tips and tricks. http://bit.ly/36wiAD
- Advice on how to be an ‘authentic’ online community moderator.
- My favourite line: Pump up the fun quotient on your community by including regular featured activities…
4 For seasoned online tutors
jorge_acosta: RT @eLearnMag: 10 tips to success as an online student: http://ow.ly/N5tr
- Some useful advice to give your online students. Could be included in pre-course information, or as part of an orientation task at the beginning of the course.
- My favourite line: As a distance learning student, you will find that being pro-active and engaged in your personal learning experience will pay off in good grades and depth of learning.
5 For jaded (online) tutors
edutek: Tips for Building a Personal Learning Network on Campus and Online http://su.pr/1Mbx9g
- How to include colleagues into your PLN (personal learning network). If you’re feeling bored or unmotivated in your work, these could be perfect professional New Year’s resolutions!
- My favourite line: Colleagues can play such an important role in our development as teachers, yet most of the time we don’t make use of them in ways that really help us grow pedagogically.
Please do let me know if there is anyone else in the e-moderation world I should be following on Twitter… Thanks!
Sorry I missed this at Christmas so only now catching up with your post on top tweets.
I think following some of the elearning twitter lists e.g. http://twitter.com/gabinoTravassos/online-learning and
http://twitter.com/jorge_acosta/elearning20 or http://twitter.com/JoshCav/twibes-elearning
is very helpful. Most of the key online learning thinkers, doers and shapers seem to be listed in those.
Personally I wouldn’t recommend following people like @MyDishBusiness although the tweet you mention is interesting, I tend not to follow a twitterer who is following ZERO people as that seems like a very one way system of using Twitter!
What do you think?
Thanks for tweet summary here – neat idea!
Thanks Vale, I’ll check out the new (to me) Twitter lists you mention above. Yes, good point about following someone who follows no-one, I shall unfollow at once!
I’d also like to mention your own recent blog post about Twitter, which people new to Titter might like to check out – http://lifelonglearning.edublogs.org/2009/08/30/9personalreactions/ – Vale’s post has lots of really useful Twitter-related links and advice.
Yes, the lists are relatively new and used to be shared via http://tweepml.org/ before twitter started offering.
I’m still getting to grips but like all “groupings” it can be helpful to narrow focus and as we know sometimes online “less is more” especially for newcomers when the managing of the flow of tweets can be overwhelming.
Thanks for mentioning that post, it’s nice that there are overlaps and the tweets are so much more than the single words that make up those 140 characters.