Coaching Tweetchat Launch

by Rossana Espinoza 0

Coaching Tweetchat Launch on April 7th


The SDF is delighted to share an update on the SDF Tweetchat adventure. As you may know, this idea came from an interest of the SDF to explore other ways of learning and communicating that do not rely only on email. Ultimately, the SDF aims at creating opportunities to increase knowledge sharing and learning amongst its members and other professionals.


As a kind reminder, a Tweetchat or Twitter chat is an organised online discussion about a topic. Tweetchats commonly run on a weekly basis at the same day and time. Tweetchats normally last an hour. To adapt to the appetite of the SDF community, the SDF will run a Tweetchat on a monthly basis. The SDF Tweetchat will run on the first Friday of the month from 12 to 1 pm. Pencil the following dates on your diaries: 7th April, 5th May and 2nd June.


A typical format for Tweetchats consists of a question-and-answer session. The SDF Tweetchat will start the session with an ice-breaker and will continue with a series of questions. The organiser will release between 4 to 6 questions. The host will be there to welcome and engage with the participants on an engaging conversation. The topic for this week is “Developing a network of coaches”.


On Twitter, hash-tags help organise the content of the Tweetchats and if you wish to find us you only have to type, for example, #SDFcoaching, on the search box on Twitter. If you want to participate in our SDF Tweetchats, you need to be aware of our two main hash-tags #SDFcoaching #coachingHE


Tweetchats are organised by a group of thoughtful and enthusiastic professionals. The SDF is very pleased to have an amazing SDF Tweetchat organising committee, who champion and disseminate the initiative, invite and encourage other colleagues to participate and help the initiative to take shape. With special thanks to our colleagues from Salford, Manchester and Canterbury Christ Church.


  • Rossana Espinoza, Communications Officer, Staff Development Forum
  • Emma Gillaspy, Digital Teaching & Learning Manager, University of Salford
  • Juliet Flynn, Organisational and Staff Development Advisor, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Peter Sykes, Learning and Development Partner, The University of Manchester
  • Dee-Ann Johnson, Researcher Development Communications Officer, The University of Manchester


Who is this SDF Tweetchat for?

All SDF members with an interest in coaching are welcome to participate. SDF welcomes all levels of experience and knowledge in coaching. If you are interested in sharing what you know about coaching with the rest of the SDF community, this is the initiative for you. If you are interested in building on your existing knowledge and experience, this is the initiative for you. If you are getting qualified in coaching or are considering qualifying in coaching, this initiative may inform you more what does coaching entitle.


What do you need to participate?

  • A Twitter account
  • Follow @SDFACUK @SDFcoaching
  • Use the hash-tags #SDFcoaching #coachingHE when tweeting
  • Check out our informative SDF Tweetchat slides below.

THE SDF TWEETCHAT by Rossana Espinoza

If you wish to participate and have no experience in using Twitter, how can the SDF support you?

Please check our SDF Tweetchat slides above, which explain the rationale and how the SDF Tweetchat works. If you have never used this tool, sign up and explore Twitter at your leisure. Post your first tweet and add @SDFACUK so we are aware and can link up with you. If you are a little more familiar with Twitter, explore further and keep in touch with us. Tweet and add @SDFACUK.


I would like to get involved and be part of the organising committee, what do I have to do?

Committee members are champions helping to disseminate this initiative with other coaches and colleagues. For example, we started promoting the SDF Tweetchat via Twitter a couple of weeks ago. Our colleagues have started promoting this amongst their networks. They have added the SDF Tweetchat promotional images to their emails. We also share the discussion topics and questions we would like to use during the SDF Tweetchat with the committee to seek feedback and further ideas.


We are thankful to have our fantastic organising committee. We would be delighted if somebody from the other regions would like to join us as well. The more the merrier. Please do let us know at


Kindest regards


Dr. Rossana Espinoza
SDF Communications officer