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January 31, 2011


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Jim Milles

I still find that hardly any of my students use Twitter. Have you tried simply inviting your students to text you during class?

James Grimmelmann

In my Internet Law class, I have a dedicated chat room for any class members who want to use it. My RA monitors the chat room and relays any common questions to me. It's hardly surefire, but it does sometimes get out in the open questions that many students have but no one quite wants to be the one to ask.

I like your Twitter experiment, in part because it's a technology many of the students are using and are comfortable with already, and also because it's so trivially easy to set up.

Josh Blackman

I have used a live chat during my class sessions this semester, and I have found it to be quite effective. I discuss it here:


I have tried something similar this semester (for an MBA class focused on the birth, life and death of a business, examined through the lens of law and regulation).

For a Monday/Wednesday class, students email me on Sunday night questions regarding the reading. I can then read through the questions before class and tailor our discussion to those areas of greatest interest or confusion. It also means that the students come to class more prepared and engaged, with a stake in the discussion.

Bridget Crawford

@jimmilles, you're totally right that most students don't seem to be on Twitter. IM'ing probably would have yielded greater participation.

Bridget Crawford

Follow up to Monday's post -- my second experiment with Twitter was a dud. Only one student tweeted me during the entire 80 minute class. How quickly the novelty wore off!

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