- English Literature students tweet as characters from novels to develop understanding of the characters. See Teaching with Twitter by Rosie Miles.
- English Literature students asked to tweet during films about how the films relate to feminist theory, as well as replying to other students' tweets. See Using Twitter To Teach Feminist Theory by Adeline Koh.
- Secondary RE students asked to tweet two articles per day using #k23re hashtag. Led to students following ‘education people’. See Using Twitter to Enhance Students’ Wider Subject Awareness by Paul Smalley.
- Business students follow each other and businesses, and through this students became familiar with using Twitter. 14 Days of Twitter (Part 1, Part 2) - by Nicole Melander.
- Marketing students provided with links through tweets. Is Twitter for the Birds? by Ben Lowe and Des Laffey.
- Health students used Twitter used for discussion, as a way for students to ask questions, to recieve reminders, to complete assignments where they were asked to ask questions, tweet reactions, and discuss their projects. Was seen to help engage students. The effect of Twitter on college student engagement and grades by Rey Junco, G. Heiberger and E. Loken.
- Management students' tweets appear on the lecture slides during a lecture to increase student interaction. The Implementation of Social Networking as a Tool for Improving Student Participation in the Classroom by Novak and Cowling.
One important thing that we can take from the work that has been done is not to just publish links and expect students to join in. Twitter (and most social media) is of most value when it is being used for primarily social reasons, and the use of Twitter seems most successful when students are required to take part in activities which get them familiar with using the tool for different purposes, and which get the students communicating with each other.
I remember attending sessions at Edge Hill about Graham Roger's work on Discussion Boards. One thing that he had tried to discourage was long monologues from his students, in favour of shorter messages which carried more social value such as those messages asking questions. It strikes me that Twitter's short form messages invite students to take part in these more interactive discussions much more than Discussion Boards do.