Ten Days of Twitter

Ten Days of Twitter, or as it’s called in twitterspeak, #LD10DoT !

Ever wondered if Twitter might be a useful tool for enhancing your Learning Development work? Not sure how to get started, or how it all works?

Beginning 1st July 2013

[this iteration of the programme is now over, but you can still work through the materials in your own time or, if you’d like the experience of participating in a community of people all learning the 10 days at the same time, we can always run it again!]

Learn to use Twitter from scratch, build up your network and join in the conversation in 10 days!

Twitter is in many ways very simple to use- it’s just a micro-blogging social media platform on which you can post 140 character ‘tweets’ which your followers can see, and you can follow other people to see what they’re sharing. Sounds easy, and in fact, setting up an account, following people and sending tweets is easy.

And yet… for such a simple platform, Twitter is pretty complex. It’s not the functionality, so much as the conventions (@, #, RT, etc), the strategies for tweeting effectively and building a network, the plethora of ‘apps’ or third party tools to add on… Not to mention thinking about why a Learning Developer might want to use such a platform, and what you might use it to achieve, other than sharing celebrity gossip and what you had for breakfast.

Over the next ten days, we’ll be exploring Twitter together. During each of the Ten Days of Twitter, I’ll be sharing a daily short post on a small aspect of Twitter, to get you up and running and exploring what Twitter might offer you.  Throughout, I’ll be focussing very practically and specifically on what Twitter can offer a Learning Developer. None of these activities will take up very much of your time, so I hope it will be a worthwhile experiment for you! We’ll be interacting with each other too on Twitter, so you’ll be building up your network of other Learning Developers on Twitter very quickly! There are quite a few of us learning developers on Twitter already, using Twitter to ask questions, find resources and of course talk about the annual ALDinHE conference – join us!

One important thing to remember: whenever you tweet about the programme, use the hashtag #LD10DoT so that we can find each other initially. I’ll explain more later!

I have to admit, when I first explored Twitter, I was very sceptical – what could I possibly say that was of any academic or professional value in 140 characters? And why would anyone care to know what I was saying? How could Twitter possibly enhance my work in any way, other than a fun way to distract myself from real work? I’m now a real convert, and I must say that Twitter is now the social media tool I use most and which has been of the most practical value in my work and my career. Who’d have thought?

I hope you’ll join me for Ten Days of Twitter – give it a chance, give it time for your network to build and get to know you, explore what it can do for you and make up your own mind!


Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers is slightly adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.

5 comments on “Ten Days of Twitter
  1. […] Ten Days of Twitter is part of an online CPD programme Digital Things for Learning Developers by Helen Webster, an Academic and Learning Developer and colleagues at Cambridge University. It started yesterday and aims to get those who have not yet used Twitter extensively in their work set up and confident in using it professionally. It start at the beginning with setting up an account. I think that this is a great idea and will have much that we can all learn about using Twitter effectively to communicate with our users as well building a professional network. […]

  2. […] CPD course for Learning Developers introducing them to social media tools. I supported the  ’10 Days of Twitter‘ course in August and contributed to LD5D in October introducing participants to Google+ […]

  3. […] walled garden at the LMS at the Open University. But not for long. Open education in the form of 10 days of Twitter, Twitter Vs Zombies, Introduction to openness in education pulled me in and taught me over time to […]

  4. […] which ran simultaneously for STEM early career researchers at the University of Cambridge, and for Learning Developers as part of the CPD provision for ALDinHE, the UK Association of Learning Developers in Higher […]

  5. […] of the Twitter in academic development (in Chris Rowell and Helen Webster’s excellent talk on the 10 Days of Twitter course). The significance of the digital in relation to identity construction, particularly amongst […]

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