'Can I Tweet That?'

Colleen Flaherty, Ignatia Webs, Jun 13, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Summary of a conference session on the issues raised with respect to professors' use of social media. Normal rules of online postings - such as, for example, a disclaimer stating that the views of the professor are not those of the institution - do not work when there are only 140 characters to work with. But such official rules are misplaced to begin with, in my view - does anyone really think that professors (or staff, or whatever) are using their personal accounts to broadcast official policy? And where is the inverse disclaimer - why aren't institutions saying "the views of this institution are not necessarily those of its employees." It's something the Globe and Mail could have used (via). Or the University of Saskatchewan.

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