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The representation of engineering education as a social media topic on Twitter

Palmer, Stuart 2016, The representation of engineering education as a social media topic on Twitter, in PAEE/ALE 2016 : Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education and 14th Active Learning in Engineering Education Combined Conference and Workshop, Project Approaches in Engineering Education Association, Guimarães, Portugal, pp. 37-44.

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Title The representation of engineering education as a social media topic on Twitter
Author(s) Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Conference name Project Approaches in Engineering Education and Active Learning in Engineering Education. Combined Conference and Workshop (2016 : Guimarães, Portugal)
Conference location Guimarães, Portugal
Conference dates 6-8 Jul. 2016
Title of proceedings PAEE/ALE 2016 : Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education and 14th Active Learning in Engineering Education Combined Conference and Workshop
Editor(s) Lima, Rui M.
de Graaff, Erik
Alves, Anabela
Menezes, Andromeda
Mesquita, Diana
Dinis-Carvalho, José
Bettaieb, Lamjed
van Hattum-Janssen, Natascha
Costa, Nelson
Sousa, Rui M.
Fernandes, Sandra
Villas-Boas, Valquíria
Publication date 2016
Start page 37
End page 44
Total pages 8
Publisher Project Approaches in Engineering Education Association
Place of publication Guimarães, Portugal
Keyword(s) engineering education
social media
Twitter
social network analysis
Summary Online social media systems have created new ways for individuals to communicate, share information and interact with a wide audience. For organisations, social media provide new avenues for communication and collaboration with their stakeholders. The potential value of social media tools to assist in the successful communication and marketing inside and outside of engineering organisations has been identified. In the context of engineering education, the potential of social media to open new modes of communication, interaction and experimentation between students and teachers has also been identified, and a limited number of examples can be found documented in the literature. One of the most widely-used social media tools is the ‘microblogging’ service Twitter. This research presents an analysis of nearly 19,000 tweets relating to ‘engineering education’ collected over a period of almost a year. Social network analysis is used to visualise the Twitter data. The Twitter social media communication is examined to identify who is active on this topic, who is influential, and what is the structure of the online conversations relating to engineering education. This work provides insights regarding how engineering education is currently represented in social media internationally, and offers a methodology to those interested in related future research.
ISBN 9789892068299
ISSN 2183-1378
Language eng
Field of Research 091503 Engineering Practice
080709 Social and Community Informatics
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author
Free to Read? Yes
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