Twitter, blogs and wikis in a film course

Digital Paper Cuts features an interview with Duke faculty member Negar Mottahedeh discussing how she uses social media in her classes.  An assistant professor in the Program in Literature, Motthedeh teaches and introductory film class and has students post papers each week on blogs for peer review and comment and use tools such as wikis to assemble basic research material for the course.

As an end of the semester group project, her class held a Twitter Film Festival, screening clips from films on a course blog and using the microblogging tool Twitter to comment on the films as they were shown throughout the day.  The students were also encouraged to use Twitter during the course to discuss the lectures.

In the video, Mottahedeh discusses her philosophy behind using Twitter and social media tools in the course and her experiences getting used to the technology.  The shared Twitter account used for the festival can be found at and the hashtag #twitfilm.  The Twitter Film Festival was also highlighted in a Duke News story.

Twitter Film Festival in Duke Film Studies Class from Jeff Cohen on Vimeo.

Randy Riddle

Author: Randy Riddle

Randy Riddle is a Senior Consultant in Duke Learning Innovation and consults with faculty in the Social Sciences on pedagogy, learning, student assessment, and integrating technology into teaching practices. His professional interests include active learning, “flipped” classroom methods, inclusive classroom strategies, and integration of e-learning tools, social networking, video and multimedia, and data visualization into the daily work of teaching.