Facebook in the Classroom

1 February 2009 at 3:11 pm 1 comment

| Peter Klein |

According a new survey, 76 percent of undergraduates here at the University of Missouri are on Facebook at least once a day, and they are more likely to get school-related information from Facebook than from email.

I’ve never used Facebook as an academic resource. If you have, could you share something about your experiences? For example, I could create Facebook Group pages for my courses and use them for announcements, discussion, chat, hosting course materials, etc. Facebook isn’t a substitute for Blackboard, or one of the other specialized teaching platforms, however; it lacks testing and grading features, doesn’t automatically import membership lists from enrollment data, isn’t supported by university IT people, etc. How can Facebook and Blackboard be used effectively as complements?

NB: A little Googling turned up this, this, and this.

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  • 1. Per Bylund  |  1 February 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Actually, Facebook can import most kinds of files with “friends” data, e.g. comma-delimited .csv files and tab-delimited .txt files (both of which are easily created in e.g. MS Excel).

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