Mingling with the tweet-elite
Our pressence on Twitter has so far proved successful, drawing attention from the likes of The Guardian Higher Education (@GdnHigherEd) who have not only followed our Twitter page but also retweeted us. The European Students’ Union (@ESUtwt), which is an umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students (NUSes) from 38 countries, has also followed and retweeted our investigation. Actively, I continue to approach figures of the educational community online; my most recent tweets were targeted at influential and opinionated sources such as Ann Mroz (@AnnMroz) who is a former editor of the Times Higher Education, and Fiona Millar (@schooltruth) who is a writer, journalist, school governor, and campaigner on educational issues - and also leads The Truth About Our Schools.
Getting the right attention online. Read the above retweet here.
As our research nears its end and we prepare for our conclusion, I (as community manager) will be engaging further with the online educational community via Twitter. My final aim is to bring in some useful last minute information and thoughts from these sources. This online engagement will be continued post-conclusion to inform the community of our findings.
National Union of Students: “I Am The Change”
The National Union of Students (@nusuk) recently launched their “I Am The Change” campaign. The campaign asks students to voice their calling for change, including issues on education where students have posted many calls for change in regards to universities. An interesting point of this campaign is the calling for students to bring the change. If universities are failing to prevent drop outs, or more startling – failing to provide visible help for potential drop outs, then could students bring the active change where universities are under-performing? If universities keep doing it wrong, could students be their key to doing it right?
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