#ECON1950: Integrating Twitter and Moodle to Reach Students outside the Classroom

17 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2017 Last revised: 14 Jul 2018

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Joel Wood

Thompson Rivers University - School of Business and Economics

Date Written: June 29, 2018

Abstract

Twitter is useful for academic economists to follow current research and public policy and to engage with their colleagues, students, and the general public. It is also a great place to gather information relevant to undergraduate economics courses. A course specific twitter hashtag embedded in a Learning Management System (LMS) is an easy way to share this supplemental information with students. This article contains a detailed, step-by-step guide to embedding a twitter feed within a LMS. Examples of how twitter can be used to share information to students in a Principles of Macroeconomics course are provided. Student survey results indicate that although most students did not access the shared information on a weekly basis, most thought that the twitter feed helped connect the course material to real-world and stimulated their interest in macroeconomics. Students who accessed the shared information at least monthly felt more strongly (than students who never or rarely accessed the information) that the twitter feed helped connect the course material to real-world examples, was worthwhile, and stimulated their interest in macroeconomics.

Keywords: Twitter, Learning Management System, Moodle, Teaching Economics, Social Media, Principles of Macroeconomics

JEL Classification: A2, A20, A22, Y20

Suggested Citation

Wood, Joel, #ECON1950: Integrating Twitter and Moodle to Reach Students outside the Classroom (June 29, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2985888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2985888

Joel Wood (Contact Author)

Thompson Rivers University - School of Business and Economics ( email )

900 McGill Road
Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 0C8
Canada

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