Livetweeting at Anglia Learning and Teaching events
Anglia Learning and Teaching welcome livetweeting by participants at our events as a way to engage the audience actively with the session, connect participants, share their responses to highlights, extend the discussion and amplify and record the event for those who could not be there. If our speakers do not wish their event to be livetweeted for any reason, we will let you know and ask that you respect this.
What is livetweeting?
Livetweeting is simply using Twitter to post highlights and comments in real time throughout an event. It is becoming increasingly common at academic conferences, webinars and other events as a way to amplify the engagement in a session through a ‘backchannel’, enabling participants to interact by sharing highlights and commenting on the session, which might include quotations from a presentation or multimedia such as photos or videoclips. Where facilities allow and if appropriate, we may display the ‘backchannel’ on a screen at the front of the room so that all participants can see the tweets around the event, and the speaker can also note them.
It is important to remember that Twitter is a very public medium and you should keep tweets professional, respectful and polite, as they will be very visible to the speaker and your colleagues. Unprofessional tweets reflect badly on the sender.
• Livetweeting it is a great way to connect to other attendees. There may be new faces at the event who you don’t yet know, or you may find it difficult to network if a session is very lecture-based.
• Livetweeting is a way to take notes for your own purposes, as well as share them with others. Using Twitter for note-taking is a real discipline, encouraging you to be accurate and concise all in 140 characters, perhaps with a few images you have taken.
• You can ask questions or for clarification from the presenter, from other conference attendees, or in fact anyone on Twitter, during the sessions.
• By livetweeting the presentations, you alert people who aren’t present that you are there, so they can find out more from you later if they couldn’t attend the conference, or were in a parallel session.
• People following the livetweeting from elsewhere can still participate in the event, addressing questions for the speakers via tweets or following up interesting links or comments. This is especially helpful if they are in a parallel session.
• You can let your followers know who was presenting, and a brief insight into what the papers were about – if it sounds interesting, then your followers can look up publications by those people.
• You can also enhance what the presenter is saying, with links to more information and supporting comments on their presentation.
• It’s a way to continue conversations, perhaps with the presenter themselves, after the conference has finished.
• Presenters themselves might find the tweets useful feedback, to see how people have responded to their paper.
How do I livetweet?
Use the hashtag. You will need to tag your tweets associated with the event with the hashtag so that it will be visible alongside all the other tweets from participants using that hashtag.
- The hashtag for Anglia Learning and Teaching events is #AngliaLTA
- The hashtag for our annual conference is #LTAconf
By the way, it doesn’t matter if you use capitals or lower case letters in a hashtag – they often use capitalisation to make them easier to read, but both #LTAconf and #ltaconf will work!
Say you’re livetweeting the event. It is helpful to tweet that you will be livetweeting an event, giving details about the session, including the hashtag, and the time over which you will be livetweeting. This way, your followers can contextualise your tweets and follow along, or mute you temporarily if they are not interested and do not want a high volume of tweets from you in their feed during the event.
Tweet highlights. Decide on the most interesting and pithy elements of the session, whether they are interesting findings, helpful advice or thought-provoking opinions. These might be things you find relevant or useful, things you think your followers would find interesting, or feedback for the presenter, or all three.
Attribute quotations and opinions As in any other area of scholarly activity, it is important to quote or paraphrase accurately and give attribution. Use the speaker’s handle if they are on Twitter, or their name if not. Make it very clear that you are reporting someone else’s words or ideas and do not misrepresent what they say. This is challenging in the form of a tweet, but you might phrase it like this:
Good point! @scholastic_rat says “the ethics of livetweeting are contentious- check permission first!” #ARU10DoT
.@ProfSallyBrown now offering tips on making feedback quick & manageable – give summary of common issues after brief read thru #LTAConf
Add comment of your own. If you have space, you might want to add a view of your own, whether you agree, disagree, find it surprising or interesting or if you can add something from your own expertise or experience.
Ask questions. You might have missed something, not understood something or want more information about something –asking fellow participants or your followers is a great way to catch up without interrupting or disrupting. You might also want to ask a question of the presenter to be followed up later, or to elicit discussion about the session among your followers or other participants.
Link to relevant resources. You might want to google the presenter’s bio and link to it so your followers know a bit more about them – this might include their twitter handle if they tweet too. You could also find any resources they have created, such as PowerPoint slides online, or resources they mention in their session.
Add multimedia. If it is not too disruptive, you might like to add images or video you have taken discreetly during the presentation, for example of interesting slides or diagrams. You might even want to add a photo of the presenter in action.
Take part remotely. If you’re not at the event, but are following the discussion on Twitter, do join in anyway! Add your comments, ask questions which can be passed on for a response by our speakers, retweet highlights you found interesting.
After the event
- You might want to create a record of your own and other attendees’ tweets by favouriting them or using a tool like Storify. Anglia Learning and Teaching will create and share Storifys of events where possible.
- You may have made new contacts at the event, who you can now follow on Twitter, or even arrange to meet up later on to continue the discussion.
- You might want to follow up comments by the speaker during the presentation or by other attendees on Twitter.
A Storifyed example of livetweeting: