Welcome! If you’ve signed up for the University of Toronto’s Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) course 10 Days of Twitter, this is where you’ll want to check-in each day from Feb. 6-17.

How the course works

This course is open to graduate students at the University of Toronto, who should register here. Of course, our blog is open to the world, and once the Twitter conversation gets going, we expect to have people outside the class chiming in.

Traditional GPS classes take place over 3 hours. Participants in this class will still need to put in about 3 hours for this class, but the hours will be stretched out over 10 days.

Our one in-person meeting will be a 50 minutes session on Monday, Feb. 6 from 12:10-1:00 in the Robarts 4th floor classroom. If you wish to receive GPS credit, you need to be present at this session.

For the rest of the course, participation will happen online. Each weekday, from Feb. 6-17 (you get the weekend off!), you’ll want to come to this very blog and read a short post covering an aspect of Twitter engagement. The blog post will include links to a few readings we think are important, and will ask you to send out a tweet or two that use the discussed aspect.

You should expect to dedicate between 10 and 15 minutes to reading and tweeting each day.

On Feb. 17, 12:00-1:00, we’ll host a live chat over Twitter. All course participants are expected to take part in this live discussion about their experience using social media as part of scholarship – if they want GPS credit, that is.

We look forward to meeting you on Feb. 6!

Further reading:

25 Interesting Observations About How Academics Use Twitter

a circular graph describing amusing or facetious reasons academics might use Twitter.
From “25 Interesting Observations About How Academics Use Twitter”

About your instructors

Eveline Houtman is a librarian at Robarts Library, where she is the Coordinator of Undergraduate Library Instruction. She is also a PhD candidate at OISE and has published on social media in higher education. She’s on Twitter @EvelineLH

Jesse Carliner is Communications and Reference Librarian, Robarts Library. He is responsible for external communications for the University of Toronto Libraries, including marketing and promotion, media relations, and social media. He tweets from @JesseCarliner and @UofTLibraries.

About this course

This course has been adapted from the 10 Days of Twitter course developed by Dr. Helen Webster at Newcastle University. Thank you to Helen, aka @scholastic_rat, for making this material available under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

The current version, with extensively revised and expanded material,  was developed iteratively by Eveline Houtman, Jesse Carliner, and Jacqueline Whyte Appleby. It is also available under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.


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