University of Wisconsin–Madison

Strategies for Developing Low-Stakes Writing: Twitter

Another tool for low-stakes writing activities is a micro blogging platform such as Twitter. A Tweet can be no more than 280 characters, so writers are compelled to be concise and to make careful decisions about what to include. Twitter provides a way for faculty to assign low-stakes writing while also developing a lively classroom community. Twitter can be used with all kinds of class sizes.

To get started, both you and your students must set up Twitter accounts and must follow you and one another. Students should keep their account private.

Students can include a class hashtag in any tweets that relate to your course. The examples on this page are from Dr. Rebekah Fitzsimmons from Georgia Tech, who uses Twitter in her writing classroom.  To see more from Dr. Fitzsimmons, visit: https://techstyle.lmc.gatech.edu/author/rfitzsimmons3/.

Ways students can use twitter in your classroom

A tweet can also summarize a lecture to demonstrate student understanding of course content.

The instructor is even able to respond in real-time.

Instructors can assess the quality and frequency of discussion posts.

Students can be encouraged to live-tweet their research process.