Research on Twitter and Learning

Apparently, it can help.

Rey Junco, associate professor in the department of academic development and counselling, assessed the impact of using Twitter as a teaching tool on students taking a pre-health course at the institution, which is a member of the Pennsylvania state system.

Separating the students into two groups, he asked one to use the social-networking site Ning to communicate with lecturers while the other used Twitter.

According to a paper published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, titled “The effect of Twitter on college student engagement and grades”, the latter group scored on average a grade higher than their counterparts.

Yet, I remain skeptical.