During a weekend social outing with friends I was swept up in a discussion about teaching in the ‘digital age’ that was punctuated with some choice quotes from a Twitter stream of a UC lecturer.
From what I have seen, after the submission of blog entries, all students of the course go through a hazing via Twitter which disassembles their efforts in real time. The marks are calculated and the bell is curved with a running commentary of general frustration and disdain. The grades are then handed back in class a few days later.
Fortunately for me, my years spent dealing with academics were pre-Twitter so I will never know if my lecturer endured the same pain while marking my masterpieces.. but having read the comments from the above feed I am not sure I would have wanted to know what they were really thinking.
The objective of this course is to educate new teachers on the appropriate use of digital technologies (Interweb 2.0) in teaching. So with that course outline in mind, is this use of Twitter something you would like to see filter out through these new teaching recruits into the wider education system?
Would subscribing to a Twitter feed be more convenient and provide better feedback than attending those pesky P&T nights?