I assign a Career Exploration Project (attached) for my engineering students to learn about engineering disciplines, careers, and professional societies. They do research, write a report, and present their findings to the class. They capture the basics of the field and information about the professional societies, but I feel there is room for improvement, especially with professional societies and their benefits.
Based on an idea from the Teaching & Learning with Technology conference, I incorporated Twitter as a tool to learn about engineering/professional societies in addition to the project (assignment details attached).
I was surprised by the amount & quality of the information my students learned from twitter. Results are in the attached 5-minutes of Fame presentation and video as well as survey results summary. Some were reluctant or unwilling to use twitter, but I found most learned a great deal. I plan to incorporate a version of this assignment in other classes. Based on student feedback, I also plan to incorporate an in-class discussion component.