It was good to catch up with James and some of my peers in the Hangout on Friday. Colin made the most impressive entrance: he’d managed to get a green screen working behind him and, as the tutorial progressed, the images (all related to the course) shifted and changed.
The key focus of our discussion was our experience of the Tweetorial, how we felt about it as a learning experience and how our thoughts and behaviours were affected by the knowledge that our contributions were going to be analysed: we were in broad agreement that this knowledge did have an impact on how we approached the Tweetorial questions. However, having seen the fairly superficial data which emerged from the activity, it’s interesting to consider how our engagement might have altered had we seen an example of the sort of analytics which would be generated before we started…
One thing which it was interesting to discuss was that although Twitter is, conceptually, an asynchronous communication forum, a number of us felt pressure to contribute as quickly as possible. Trying to make sense of conversations which had branched and extended over a period of hours was, it was observed, difficult. Thus, for many of us, the Tweetorial experience felt either frenetic, as we tried to keep up with the multiple threads of conversation, or discombolutaing, as we joined complex conversations which involved multiple participants.
The brief notes I took during the tutorial can be found here: Tutorial 24.03.17