This week, Emerging EdTech posted an article with examples of how instructors are using Facebook in the classroom. Interestingly enough, it is becoming a rather common tool in higher education–some professors are even using it in place of Blackboard! The original article can be found here, and Edtech also created a video blog companion to the article, shown below:
Tracy Mitrano is the Director of Information Technology Policy and Computer Policy and Law Programs at Cornell University. Her article about the current state of Facebook and how higher education will be involved with it in the future has been published in the EDUCAUSE Review (volume 43, number 2).
7 Things You Should Know About Facebook
Information literacy—the ability to negotiate the opportunities and risks of the Internet age—is increasingly important. Facebook, a leading social networking site, highlights the information literacy challenges college students face. The site allows individuals to create profiles that include almost anything they want to post and dynamically links their information to others with similar information. While Facebook allows for easy, spontaneous networking, students may not recognize the potential consequences of submitting personal information to a public forum.
7 Things You Should Know About Facebook II
Since ELI’s first brief on Facebook, the social networking site originally developed for college and university students has become available to anyone. It now offers new ways of organizing social networks as well as extensive new features and access to other Web applications. Users can now manage online identities and engage other users much more easily. They also enjoy privacy policies that give them unprecedented control over how their personal information is handled on the site.