epiccommunity - Twitter Chat event

epic-ed Twitter Chat:  Badges and Engagement

Event date:  April 2-6, 2012

Hashtag:  #epic-ed

How does the use of badges impact engagement and other online behaviors in a community of practice?  This week-long Twitter chat will offer a space for educators and administrators to discuss and consider the impact of the concept of badges.  In an attempt to engage a large audience, this chat will explore the possibilities of badges across a range of learning and teaching contexts for educators and students. 

Why this chat?

The primary purpose of this chat is to leverage national expertise on this increasingly viral and popular concept while providing an opportunity for participants to become a part of the epic-ed community.

Who can participate?

Anyone may participate in the conversation from gamers and tech-heads who are very familiar with badges, to educators who are new to this concept and want to understand how it impacts a variety of issues related to educator and student behavior online and on-ground.

How can I learn more about the topic to prepare for the chat?

The blogosphere is buzzing with discussion around the role of badges.  We'll reference several articles during the week, but in the meantime, take a look at this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education:

How does a Twitter chat work?

If you've never participated in a Twitter chat, this is a great opportunity to experience the power of conversation via this medium.  This article offers a nice overview of what it is and how it works:

How do I participate?

If you haven't already done so, follow epic-ed on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/#!/EPICEdCommunity  The hashtag for the chat is:  #epic-ed

Wait a minute . . . What is 'epic-ed?'

To learn more about this online community launching in May 2012, see the wiki at:  http://epiccommunity.wikispaces.com