Using a Twitter Chat Archive as a Learning Object

Every week I archive the Thursday evening #INeLearn Chat for future reference, to catch up those who have missed, and in general to promote our growing personal learning network members. Seldom do I simply capture all the tweets and retweets and post them in a chronological order. I found that was not very helpful to most of our targeted audience.

Using Storify to collect all the tweets (I choose to leave out basic retweets) from our hour time slot, I can help the reader make sense of the conversations that took place. Once all the tweets are collected,  I flip them so that the first tweet is at the top of the archive. I then add text headers to highlight shifts in the conversation (when new questions are introduced). Some weeks are more complicated than others. For the most part, we have established some norms and the process of archiving is getting faster.

This week’s chat happened to coincide with my husband’s birthday. And while he is unusually tolerate of my constant “working,” I felt a Twitter chat during his dinner celebration was probably crossing the line. Needless to say as I began looking over the conversation this morning, I had a different perspective as someone who hadn’t participated.

I noticed there were a number of new participants who were greeted early on.  Our previous batch of newbies had gained expertise in chat mode and were comfortable with the shifting conversations. People came and went throughout the hour. There were a couple of random postings on the hashtag. There were far more mini chats around responses to questions that were posed. Those of you who chat, know what this looks like. I began thinking about those who have not yet tried a chat or perhaps had a negative experience.

How could I use the archive as an opportunity to make sense of this new form of collaboration? Here’s what I came up with. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!