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Canadian Community of Corporate Educators

Drinking from a Fire Hose: Leveraging Twitter Chats for Learning

Microblogging has emerged as a tool for networking and communication among millions of people. The most popular application, Twitter, allows virtual groups to form spontaneously around shared interests and set times to come together to discuss a topic in “Twitter” chats. These synchronous online chats can result in an overwhelming intensity of discussion reminiscent of “drinking from a fire hose”. While potentially overwhelming, Twitter chats also offer an unparalleled way to engage with others in a dynamic and collaborative learning experience.

This session will help you leverage Twitter chats to promote learning and professional development within your organization. Find out how to set yourself up for success and avoid common pitfalls when facilitating or participating in a Twitter chat.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe what a Twitter chat is
  • Identity how participating in Twitter chats can help you develop your own skills and knowledge
  • Identify ways that Twitter chats can be leveraged in the instructional design of your learning experiences
  • Recognize how a Twitter chat works
  • Identify success strategies and coping mechanisms for organizing a Twitter chat
  • Identity success strategies and coping mechanisms for participating in a Twitter chat

Speaker Biography:┬áLaurie Amiruddin is a senior learning leader with a track record of making a difference within a broad range of industries including not-for-profit, publishing, investment management, pension services, commercial real estate, professional services, and retail management. Laurie is Director, Learning Services & Publishing at CSA Group where she leads the strategic direction of the organization’s global portfolio of commercial education and training products. Laurie holds an MEd from Athabasca University as well as an MLIS and BA (Hons) from Western University. Follow Laurie on Twitter: @lamiruddin.

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Date(s) - 20/01/2016
8:45 am - 11:00 am

Schulich Executive Education Centre

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