I am reviewing students' final reflective assignments at the moment (on the theme of team work) and I noticed a number of them referring to a specific model (http://www.team-diagnostics.com/the-model.php) which I had not seen before.
It is a really interesting model developed by Hackman and building on his earlier work on Team Effectiveness, which I do refer to in my module.
I assumed students had found this by googling the name Hackman, but I later realised that I had myself re-Tweeted a link to the model (without actually reading the article - as a "save for later" read) and simultaneously posted it on my LinkedIn feed.
I now realise that those students who used it are the same ones who follow me on Twitter and Linked In.
On a related note: as I have been marking, I have had a slight sense of irritation that so few of the resources I carefully curate at the start of the module ever actually end up in the students' reference lists - preferring as they do to google and use whatever popular business style websites pop up on top.
However, there are also some instances where they have managed to find articles that really add depth to the discussion and which I have found develop my understanding of the subject.
This lends weight to a) my intention next year to include NO RESOURCES WHATSOEVER on the module and let them research their own
and b) my belief that Twitter can be a useful tool to share this research in and around the module
In fact a completely Tweeted module sounds good to me!
(p.s this was my first attempt at embedding a free image from Getty images - now freely available for non commercial embedding: give it a go!)