Independent student content

BG Falcon Media

Independent student content

BG Falcon Media

Independent student content

BG Falcon Media

Join Falcon Media for Fall Semester
We are accepting applications to join Falcon Media for Fall 2024 - paid leadership, staff, and summer internships, as well as internship and volunteer opportunities. Get all the details here
The BG News
Follow us on social
BG24 Newscast
February 29, 2024

  • Danez Smith at AWP
    Richard Saker/Contour by Getty Images As we end Black History Month, here is one of my favorite poets, Danez Smith, who writes on intersectionality between their Black and Queer identities. At the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Kansas City, MO, I had the opportunity to personally meet Smith, and they are […]
  • Lying in Memoir
    Lauren Slater crafts diligent, depictive metaphors in narrative, and I hate her writing, simultaneously. Should there be lying in memoir? In her book, Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir (2000), Slater crafts lies from epilepsy to nunneries to doctor visits and proposed peer reviewed theses to AA meetings. However, within these lies, she allows us to question […]
Spring Housing Guide

Discussions, Follow Fridays on social media offer alternative way of learning

Students are often told not to bring electronics into class, but Heather Muir has a philosophy of BYOD.

Muir, lecturer in the sports management department, encourages students to “Bring Your Own Device,” so they can use them during class.

She introduced Twitter in the classroom in 2012 because a colleague in Australia was using the social media tool in his class.

She uses the social media site to teach her students how to use Twitter for more than just talking to friends.

“I’m trying to introduce the students to thinking about Twitter for professional networking, not just social networking,” Muir said.

On the very first day of class Muir teaches her students how to use Twitter since she uses it frequently in her class.

“I encourage [students] to set up a professional account,” she said.

Freshman Matthew Cooper set up a professional account because of Muir’s class.

“I have a personal account which I use a lot, so having another account for a more professional usage is different, but it’s cool to see what professionals in the sporting industry use their accounts for,” Cooper said.

To keep the students engaged on Twitter, Muir assigns homework on the social network.

“I have them doing follow Friday assignments … they are encouraged to go and check the accounts that everybody else is suggesting they follow and follow them so that they get a sense of what professionals do,” she said.

The assignment isn’t just to follow a person on Twitter though. After following a professional for a week students have to write a report.

“[Students] are supposed to follow their person for a week and then they have to fill out a report. How many follows does that person have, how many are following them. [Students also have to] look at the language and then assess do you think this is a professional account, personal account, or mixed … how many times do they Tweet,” Muir said.

Cooper enjoys the assignments Muir gives them because he likes to see how professionals act on social media.

“It’s sweet to see what they say and how they use Twitter in their job,” Cooper said.

Some former students of Muir like senior Dan Kotnik liked using Twitter.

“I think the students and myself really enjoyed how different it was from just a regular class,” Kotnik said.

Kotnik believes the use of Twitter in class also helped students open up in class more than a regular class discussion.

Instead of having lectures, Muir hosts discussions on Twitter where the students can ask each other questions.

“[Students] are responsible for choosing a sports ethic topic and sending me links that I can put on Canvas so people can read articles about the topic before we start the conversation,” Muir said. “And then whoever is leading the discussion that week has to send me questions in advance … so I function as a moderator. They choose the ethical topic, they submit questions, but I sort of run it.”

Muir believes Twitter helps her get to know her students better than just having a normal class with them, which is something she is happy about.

“I feel like I’m keeping in contact with my students and getting to know them a little bit better through Twitter,” Muir said.

Leave a Comment
Donate to BG Falcon Media
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of Bowling Green State University. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to BG Falcon Media
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All BG Falcon Media Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *