A recent news story in the technology sector identifies Queensland’s Griffith University as being one of the first to use Twitter as a tool for assessing students:
…About 340 first-year Griffith University journalism students have to Tweet ongoing assessment pieces this semester.
Lecturer Dr Jacqui Ewart said she understood Griffith to be the first university to use the social media tool to test students.
“We thought it was important to introduce it because increasingly employers are asking employees to use these kind of (social networking) mechanisms and marketing and promotional devices,” Dr Ewart said…
The lecturers in the article acknowledge the importance of using social media tools not just in response to industry demand for specific skills, but also because they are seen as a useful way to incorporate professional networking activity into the curriculum.
You can read the full article online here: “Griffith University journalism students to be marked on tweets”.
Are these the kinds of things that we would find beneficial to incorporate into LIS degrees as well?