Your Biggest Fan
Using Facebook Pages as a
Course Management Tool
        Jeremy Sarachan
       St. John Fisher College
 ...
Why Facebook
             Matters for Academics

Where the    students
   •   Communicate
   •   Find information



Usefu...
What are the features?
     (Do you have a Facebook account?)



• Profile Picture                    • Photos
• Status Li...
Course Management Tool

Pages…
•   Memorial Art Gallery
    http://www.facebook.com/s.php?init=q&q=CIT+2009&ref=ts&sid=af1...
Course Management
               Examples

Web Design

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668716965#/pages/Web-Design
...
Blackboard vs. Facebook:
The Battle for Our Minds

 Facebook Benefits         Blackboard Benefits
 Easier-to-Use          ...
Some HTML: Formatting


<b>I’m bold</b>     I’m bold

<i>I’m italic</i>   I’m italic

<h1>I’m a big headline</h1>      I’m...
Some HTML: Links
        (I wish the Apps were better)

Posting:

•   Place documents in the public folder within your fac...
The Big Question?



Do I   friend                          students?




       Absolutely?   Never   ? With rules?
     ...
The Creepy Tree House Effect


Do students

  resent
the intrusion?
Facebook Use in the Academy


•   J.P Mazer et al. suggests that Facebook use by teachers (and
    some form of self-discl...
The Effects of Facebook Use
            by Faculty

Sturgeon studied the effects of faculty use of Facebook:

• Friending ...
Anecdotal Evidence


• Julia Goode (pseudonym) in the Chronicle of Higher
  Education: Facebook use with students makes yo...
How do you use Facebook?


One Identity? Or More?

Professionally?          Carefully?

Use Security Settings!
Faculty Eth...
My Survey Results I
  Introduction to Digital Media
My Survey Results II
      Web Design
We have a group.


Please join.

•   Look up   CIT 2009 Attendees
•   This presentation is available:
    http://www.faceb...
References


•   R.S. Connell, “Academic Libraries, Facebook and MySpace, and
    Student Outreach: A Survey of Student Op...
References Part II


•   C.M. Sturgeon, “Faculty on Facebook: Confirm or Deny?”
    14th Annual Instructional Technology C...
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  • Send notices (that can’t be ignored-through Facebook and maybe e-mail-a wrong one). Picture: just take picture of class if you don’t want to deal with photoshop for main image.Link to readings. Sometimes put on wall.<number>
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  • Only after graduation.If they friend you.Two accounts (not being honest) Students shouldn’t write “It is interesting” It suggests that everything prior is not interesting.<number>
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  • Facebook as a Course Management Tool

    1. 1. Your Biggest Fan Using Facebook Pages as a Course Management Tool Jeremy Sarachan St. John Fisher College May 20, 2009 
    2. 2. Why Facebook Matters for Academics Where the students • Communicate • Find information Useful for professors • To reach students • To find a community of scholars • Other academics • Groupshttp://www.facebook.com/friends/?id =64802090&view=everyone#/profile.php?id=64802090&v=info&viewas=64802090
    3. 3. What are the features? (Do you have a Facebook account?) • Profile Picture • Photos • Status Line • Instant • News Feed Messaging • Friends • Applications • Who’s Online http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=64802090&ref=profile
    4. 4. Course Management Tool Pages… • Memorial Art Gallery http://www.facebook.com/s.php?init=q&q=CIT+2009&ref=ts&sid=af1a86f85d20861d40b8a1e9319c2f57#/pag • George Eastman House http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Rochester-NY/George-Eastman-House-International-Museum-of- • SUNY-Oswego http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oswego-NY/SUNY-Oswego/19148818048?sid=92666b288d48315c8d354524 • Making a page http://www.facebook.com/advertising/?pages • Can be used by colleges or individual departments.
    5. 5. Course Management Examples Web Design http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668716965#/pages/Web-Design Introduction to Digital Media http://www.facebook.com/pages/Web-Design-COMM369/45561207117?r
    6. 6. Blackboard vs. Facebook: The Battle for Our Minds Facebook Benefits Blackboard Benefits Easier-to-Use More Features Easy-to-access Better for Content-Intensive Courses More fun Easier to Organize More convenient (for almost everyone) More Familiar to faculty Open to Everyone Closed to Everyone
    7. 7. Some HTML: Formatting <b>I’m bold</b> I’m bold <i>I’m italic</i> I’m italic <h1>I’m a big headline</h1> I’m a big headline <h2>I’m a slightly smaller headline</h2> I’m a slightly smaller headline
    8. 8. Some HTML: Links (I wish the Apps were better) Posting: • Place documents in the public folder within your faculty server space-or elsewhere where you can host web documents. • <a href=“URL”>syllabus</a>
    9. 9. The Big Question? Do I friend students? Absolutely? Never ? With rules? You don’t have to.
    10. 10. The Creepy Tree House Effect Do students resent the intrusion?
    11. 11. Facebook Use in the Academy • J.P Mazer et al. suggests that Facebook use by teachers (and some form of self-disclosure) creates a more “comfortable classroom climate,” if the Facebook persona matches the teaching style. • In a study of college library use, students were split on whether the would welcome “friending” by library staff. Groups were suggested as one way to circumvent this issue. (Connell)
    12. 12. The Effects of Facebook Use by Faculty Sturgeon studied the effects of faculty use of Facebook: • Friending creates “additional connectedness,” more significantly among students. • More “open line for communication.” • Students wish to have relationship with their professors, even if there isn’t a specific academic advantage. • Difference between small colleges and large colleges
    13. 13. Anecdotal Evidence • Julia Goode (pseudonym) in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Facebook use with students makes you closer with students, but also easier to contact. • A professor at Dartmouth
    14. 14. How do you use Facebook? One Identity? Or More? Professionally? Carefully? Use Security Settings! Faculty Ethics on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2229343363&ref=ts
    15. 15. My Survey Results I Introduction to Digital Media
    16. 16. My Survey Results II Web Design
    17. 17. We have a group. Please join. • Look up CIT 2009 Attendees • This presentation is available: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid =89698656299#/group.php?gid=89698656299
    18. 18. References • R.S. Connell, “Academic Libraries, Facebook and MySpace, and Student Outreach: A Survey of Student Opinion.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy. Vol. 9, No. 1, January 2009, pp. 25-35. • J.P. Mazer, et al., “I’ll See You on ‘Facebook’: The Effects of Computer-Mediated Teacher Self-Disclosure on Student Motivation, Affective Learning, and Classroom Climate.” Communication Education. Vol. 56, No. 1, January 2007, pp. 1-17. • J. Goode, “Let’s Just Be Friends” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington: June 20, 2009. Vol. 54, Iss. 41; p. A.28.
    19. 19. References Part II • C.M. Sturgeon, “Faculty on Facebook: Confirm or Deny?” 14th Annual Instructional Technology Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, March 29th-31st, 2009 • J. Young, “How to Lose Face on Facebook, for Professors” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington: February 6, 2009. Vol. 55, Iss. 22; p. A.1.

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