Twitter-vism: Student Narratives and Perceptions of Learning from an Undergraduate Research Experience on Twitter Activism

Lora Helvie-Mason and Sarah Maben

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Abstract: Researchers analyzed 91 narratives from first-year students about what they learned from an undergraduate research project on multicultural activism in Twitter. Students in a first-year seminar collected and coded tweets from Twitter feeds promoting social, political, and humanitarian causes. In groups, they produced research papers and conference-style oral presentations. In the reflective writings about what they learned, students self-reported a greater awareness and understanding about themselves, collegiate research, Twitter, and advocacy issues. Faculty members reveal their own reflections and recommend changes for future implementation.

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