Track Twitter Accounts and Hashtags in CoursePlus
You can now track both Twitter accounts and hashtags in your CoursePlus site! A handful of faculty have asked for this feature in the past year, so we've added it as yet another data gathering tool for you and your students. The new Twitter Tracker page is under the "Resources" tab in your CoursePlus site. Faculty and site content editors can follow as many accounts and hashtags as they want, and the 50 most recent results for each account or hashtag will show up for students on the Twitter Tracker page in the CoursePlus site.
Some faculty have set up their own accounts just for posting interesting and relevant articles and links in their area of research. Some faculty create a class-specific hashtag (ie; #sph140611) to carry on a conversation outside of a classroom. Some TAs use those same class-specific hashtags to gather specific questions for an in-class review before midterms and finals. If you're looking for ideas on how to use the new Twitter Tracker feature, there's a whole page on using the "backchannel," as it's called, in the classroom on the CTL Teaching Tookit site.
As always, if you have comments or suggestions about this new feature, please let us know!