Friday, February 18, 2011

Twitter as an Audience Response System

Dr. Matthew Mintz (@drmintz), a wonderful colleague and fellow medical educator at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has written a great post on his blog about his experiment using Twitter as an Audience Response System. He shares lessons learned and invites discussion from other medical educators  who have tried this/might try this technique.

Of note, Dr. Mintz was a participant in one of our Social Media in Medical Education workshops last Fall! This makes a workshop coordinator extremely happy.

I had heard of the tool he used - SAP Business Objects Power Point Twitter Tools  and have considered using it during presentations to make them more interactive. I've also been intrigued by the idea of using Twitter as a backchannel during large lectures, although lack the opportunity to try it out as my teaching of medical students and residents is limited to small groups.

Has anyone else tried this? Agree with Dr. Mintz that one major hurdle is that most students do not use Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. If you have a spare screen with a projector, using the free to project tweets is a great way to get the class engaged. While there's no way to moderate it, it can easily display all the tweets from a hashtag blown up to make the words and photos easier to see.

    It's been suggested that some students who do not feel comfortable raising questions out loud may be more willing to tweet.