Adding a Twitter Feed to your unit

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Recently I wrote a post on the benefits of a Twitter feed in iLearn units. Since then I have had a few ‘how to’ enquiries from staff looking to integrate the service into their units. So I have decided to put together a real quick ‘how to’ guide on embedding a Twitter feed into iLearn units.

First step is to know what purpose you want your Twitter feed to serve. If you are unsure about this, then I recommend reading this Twitter post, it may give you some ideas. The next step is to login to your Twitter account, go to your settings menu, and click ‘widgets’

This will take you to the widgets area of your account where you can create a variety of Twitter feeds to embed into your iLearn unit. The first step is to click ‘create new’. Then you need to decide out whether you want a widget based off a search, person or any of the other available options. For this example, we’re going to look at the three steps needed for both the search – represented by a # – and person – represented by an @ – widgets. To do this, select either search or username, and type in what you want.


If you are looking for an embed code for a specific person (user timeline) you need to know their Twitter handle for example, @techemq is the handle for the Macquarie University Learning and Teaching blog. On the other hand, if you want to search a topic related to your field of study, then try searching key words. If however, you want to create a space for your cohort/s to communicate, then try creating your own #hashtag, for example #MqModHistory.

Once you click ‘Create widget’ an embed code will present itself for you to copy. twitter widget embed code


Copy the embed code then login to the iLearn unit you want to display the Twitter feed and follow the below workflow:

Turn editing on>

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Add an activity of resource>

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Show editing tools>

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Paste embed code into pop up box> Update> save> voila.

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This is a rough guide to embedding Twitter into your iLearn unit. If you would like more information about Twitter and the benefits that come with when using in your teaching practice, contact your Faculty Educational Designer, or better yet, come to the iFest workshop on Twitter and Social Media Management.

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  1. Twitter could provide a quick, responsive means to gather ideas and support in teaching primary students.

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