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ALTERIDAD.Revista de Educación

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GALLARDO-LOPEZ, José Alberto  and  LOPEZ-NOGUERO, Fernando. Twitter as a methodological resource in Higher Education: an educational experience with Social Work students. Alteridad [online]. 2020, vol.15, n.2, pp.174-189. ISSN 1390-8642.

The profile of the university student is undergoing significant changes that are forcing universities to rethink new methodological strategies to favour teaching-learning processes. In this paper we analyze the main results derived from an innovation project supported by the incorporation of Twitter as a collaborative, collective and innovative methodological resource in Higher Education. The general objective of the study is to explore the educational impact of the use of Twitter as a teaching resource, and how students perceive the usefulness of this instrument integrated into a participatory methodology. The sample is composed of 137 first-year students of the Degree in Social Work of Pablo de Olavide University, Seville (Spain). It is an ex post facto and transversal study, which starts from a descriptive methodology, using instruments for the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative information. In general terms, the results obtained after the analysis of participation, of the comments made by the students and of the shared audiovisual content, address questions centred on the influence of the use of Twitter for the improvement of the natural dynamics of academic development in the subject of Introduction to Social Pedagogy, observing how it provides numerous benefits in the collective creation of learning, from collaboration, participation and group cohesion.

Keywords : Twitter; Higher Education; innovative methodologies; social networks; collaborative learning; participatory methodology.

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