Weberg, D. (2009). Twitter and simulation: Tweet your way to better sim. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 5, e63-365.
This article is written in plain-speak, a refreshing change from the usual academic article. Weberg starts the piece with definitions to ensure the reader understands technological terms relevant to the topic, and a quick synopsis of Twitter and how its use has quickly evolved. Many suggestions are offered on effective use of Twitter in sharing best practices in simulation throughout the industry, as well as communicating widely to fellow teachers and students.
The functionality of Twitter goes beyond information exchanges, and creates a space for like-minded individuals to engage in meaningful dialogue. Weberg suggests a key benefit of using Twitter for this discourse is the brevity of the 140-character limitation. Troubleshooting, pictures, and prop tips are offered quickly and easily to fellow sim users. The author admits that there is little research about the benefits, and that even his own department lacks in taking full advantage of using Twitter in simulations.
The article is an enthusiastic (though well-supported) opinion piece. It’s easy to read and provides useful ideas about how Twitter can help users of any type of educational technology. In my particular environment being law enforcement training, it would not be feasible or wise for users to share information with too much detail regarding training practices. I could see using a private forum for such knowledge transfer, and even for sharing custom files created for simulation, but as a company we would not want troubleshooting info being spread widely around the internet. This is a nice soft fluffy piece with great, but impractical ideas about using Twitter to improve simulations.
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