Ten Days of Twitter is an online programme, run through a blog. It is tailored for Higher Education staff or students (Faculty lecturers, librarians, student support staff and others) at specific universities or professional bodies. The programme covers the basics and some more advanced tips on using Twitter in an academic context, and as such, the materials are very tailored for academic staff or students, the kinds of work they do and how Twitter can enhance their professional activities. #10DoT is a sort of mini-MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) so there is no limit on the number of participants – the more people tweeting, the better!
Ten Days of Twitter in Real Time
Over the ten days of the programme, the facilitator publishes a post with the Day’s task on the blog at 9.30am, so that participants can work through it whenever they have ten minutes or more spare in the day. If participants get a bit left behind, they can always catch up!
Each post will contain instructions for a small part of learning to use Twitter, together with tailored suggestions of how it might work effectively for participants in their professional context. Each task shouldn’t take them much more than ten minutes a day (some of the later posts will have extras, which may take them more time). However, Ten Days of Twitter is also about building a professional community and making new contacts (without which Twitter won’t work wel) so participants are encouraged to spend a little more time sending a Tweet or two every day to let others know how they’re getting on. It is also recommended that participants spend a few minutes a day scanning through the Twitter feed of tweets from the people they follow, to see how others use Twitter and also to see what information they can pick up.
Likewise, the facilitator spends some time tweeting to participants, with encouragement, advice, answers to questions and useful information.
After the live programme, the materials will be left up on the blog for participants to refer back to later, or to catch up in their own time if they dropped behind.
Ten Days of Twitter in your own time
The advantage of joining in a live version of the programme is that participants build up a real life network of contacts among the other participants, learning together. It also helps to structure the time a little! However, the materials also work well as a stand alone reference, to work through in participants’ own time.