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Educators’ microblogging activities

My recent doctoral research investigated the types of activities that are undertaken by educators using various microblogging platforms. There were 12 activities most commonly exhibited:

  1. Share a resource e.g., website, book, video
  2. Follow a link posted by someone in your network
  3. Read activity updates of others in your network
  4. Save a resource posted by someone in your network
  5. Act on something you have read in a microblog post
  6. On-share a resource posted by someone in your network
  7. Engage in a conversation with someone in network
  8. Go back to a saved resource posted by someone in network
  9. Use hashtags (#)
  10. Search for content
  11. Ask for a resource on a specific topic
  12. Share information from a conference/workshop using#

The full list of microblogging activites identified and the frequency of each is reported in the table below. (Click here to download the full thesis – Learning in 140 characters: Microblogging for professional learning.)

Behaviour

Nevern (%) Sometimesn (%) Oftenn (%) Usuallyn (%) Alwaysn (%) Totaln

Share a resource e.g., website, book, video

00.0% 2823.9% 3429.1% 3126.5% 2420.5% 117

On-share a resource posted by someone in your network

32.5% 2722.9% 3328.0% 3630.5% 1916.1% 118

Aggregate other’s posts into an online “newsletter”

8674.1% 1311.2% 86.9% 86.9% 21.7% 116

Share information from a conference/workshop using#

108.5% 3328.0% 2319.5% 3126.3% 2117.8% 118

Save a resource posted by someone in your network

21.7% 1411.9% 4134.7% 3933.1% 2218.6% 118

Go back to a saved resource posted by someone in network

54.2% 2319.5% 3227.1% 4437.3% 1411.9% 118

Follow a link posted by someone in your network

00.0% 65.1% 3529.9% 5446.2% 2218.8% 117

Use hashtags (#)

 

65.1% 2823.7% 1916.1% 3630.5% 3025.4% 118

Engage in synchronous “meetups” using pre-defined #

2823.7% 4033.9% 2420.3% 1311.0% 1311.0% 118

Engage in a conversation with someone in network

43.4% 3529.7% 2319.5% 3227.1% 2420.3% 118

Search for content

 

65.1% 3529.7% 2722.9% 2622.0% 2420.3% 118

Ask for a resource on a specific topic

75.9% 4639.0% 2521.2% 2823.7% 1311.0% 118

Ask for general help

 

1815.3% 4437.3% 3025.4% 2016.9% 97.6% 118

Ask for support

 

1815.4% 5042.7% 2924.8% 1613.7% 54.3% 117

Share professional frustrations

 

2521.2% 4739.8% 2018.6% 1613.6% 86.8% 118

Post an update of your activities

1815.3% 2823.7% 2924.6% 2622.0% 1714.4% 118

Read activity updates of others in your network

21.7% 1815.3% 3731.4% 3529.7% 2823.7% 118

Act on something you have read in a microblog post

21.7% 1916.2% 4639.3% 4135.0% 1210.3% 117

 

 

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