UPDATE: Easily add current, course-relevant news to your Moodle courses

Posted on: September 6, 2012 | By: Dan Reis | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning

News TickerUPDATE: This post was updated on 9/12/2012 after Twitter changed its widget creator.

Ideas for using Twitter in higher education are easy to find. One simple way to use Twitter is to embed a widget into your Moodle course. Embedding Twitter into Moodle is an easy way to add current, course-relevant news and opinions to your course. Twitter is full of companies, news organizations, non-profits, professional associations, activists, politicians, celebrities and more – nearly every discipline can find something of value on Twitter. It’s easy, and you don’t even need a Twitter account (though you’ll have more options if you do) and all you need is a Twitter account. This post includes ideas for using Twitter in Moodle and step-by-step instructions for adding a Twitter widget to your Moodle course.

Ideas for use

IDEA 1: Follow professional organizations and news sources relevant to your course to start classroom discussions

IDEA 2: Follow known professionals in the field and help students develop their professional social media network

  • Find scholars, CEOs, writers, activists, and more. Go to www.wefollow.com and search for the discipline you want to find people. For example, for a list of people who post about “writing”,  search for writing.

IDEA 3: Find brands or marketing firms for examples of social media marketing and customer service

IDEA 4: Find international organizations or native speakers who post in their native language

IDEA 5: Encourage students to write about course-relevant experiences they have outside of the classroom and label those tweets with a course-specific hashtag. Or, encourage students to retweet news they have found on Twitter and share it with the whole the class.

Twitter account

A Twitter account is required to make a widget. Create a Twitter account here.

How do I find people/companies to follow?

Websites like WeFollow.com can help find interesting accounts on Twitter. It works best to search by a topic, like chemistry or economics, rather than with a specific person or organization name. If you are looking for a specific person/organization, it is easiest to search at twitter.com/search.

How to embed Twitter into Moodle

Learn how to embed a Twitter widget into your Moodle course.

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Dan Reis is an Instructional Technologist with Elon University’s Teaching and Learning Technologies.

Dan Reis

Dan Reis is an Instructional Technologist with Elon University’s Teaching and Learning Technologies.

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One response to “UPDATE: Easily add current, course-relevant news to your Moodle courses”

  1. Slash says:

    I used your approach to add a twitter widget to my course but am having problems. The twitter feed is there but it seems to interfere with other javascripts running on the site. I cannot dock or undock my blocks once the twitter feed is added but if I remove it things go back to normal. Any thoughts?