Taught to Tweet

Economics, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Geography, Biology, Maths, English Literature, Greek, Spanish are all academic subjects taught at university level and often even at secondary schools. The latest addition: Twitter.

Australia’s Griffith University made Twitter education a mandatory course for Journalism students. Who knew! It is perhaps one of the most progressive academic courses that a university can offer. It’s an innovative move, but whether there really is that much to teach is up to debate.

The class aims to refine and sharpen young writers’ tweets, which, according to senior lecturer Jacqui Ewart, “are not as in depth as you might like.” University officials cited the growing journalistic role of Twitter in major world events like last summer’s Iranian protests as the motivation behind the new course.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/uni-adds-twitter-to-the-curriculum-20091016-gzut.html from http://mashable.com/2009/10/23/twitter-class/