Day…Eleven of #ARU10DoT ?

Well, that’s the end of the Ten Days of Twitter! I hope you enjoyed it, and that you are now tweeting confidently and productively if you were a beginner, or that you reviewed your practice and picked up a few hints and tips if you’d tweeted before. It was great to see so many people with experience of Twitter offering help and advice too- a fantastic demonstration of how Twitter can be a powerful learning network for professional development!

If you’re still catching up, don’t worry! The materials will remain online here for you to work through in your own time, and hopefully those who have already completed the course will be around on Twitter to offer support, advice and company!

So where will you go from here? Have you decided that Twitter isn’t for you (and at least now you can make that decision on an informed basis!), or will you keep tweeting and taking part in the discussions and professional communities around Anglia Ruskin, Librarianship and Student Services on Twitter? For myself, I really think it’s a great tool for my own CPD and for sharing practice and learning from others, and it’s been great to make so many new contacts.

If you need more help with using Twitter, the site’s own support pages are a good introduction to the various things it can do. Or if you google your question or search on Youtube for video tutorials, you’ll also find that there are a host of resources that people have made and uploaded to help others. But perhaps best of all, your Twitter network itself is a great place to ask questions and find people who can answer them, as we’ve found on this course!

Evaluation

We’ll shortly be sending round an evaluation survey, to find out what you thought of 10 Days of Twitter. We’d really welcome your feedback, so we can improve the programme and perhaps run future courses like this on other aspects of social media!

The Future

One thing we’ve not had a practice at is a real Twitter Livechat. As a way to wrap up #ARU10DoT and perhaps to create the beginnings of an ongoing Twitter professional community, how about we run an #ARU10DoT livechat in the coming weeks? We could also involve our colleagues from Cambridge University, where there is a strong community of tweeting librarians! If you’d be interested in a livechat, let me know by leaving a comment below.

Finally- We’ll be running #ARU10DoT again in December, this time tailored for our academic colleagues. This blog and the programme hashtag will still be active, so it would be fantastic if, with your experience and confidence in using Twitter, you were able to keep an eye on the hashtag and support your academic staff! It may well prove to be a great way to forge new connections and communication routes between different professions within the university.

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