Facebook objective is "to help you connect and share with the people in your life". At the same time, Facebook is one of the fastest growing social networks that helps people communicate efficiently with their friends, families, coworkers, and classmates.
* 50% of Facebook's active users log on to Facebook in any given day.
* Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events.
Some of them are your learners and they know how to use Facebook effectively! Using Facebook for e-Learning could inspire many of our students to learn. As a result, my question is how can we use Facebook for e-Learning?
For an e-Learning course I would prefer a Facebook group instead of a Facebook page. Groups could be closed (customize group settings) and they can be used for courses and projects. On a class group page you can add links, videos, discussion threads, photos, create events and send group messages. On the other hand, pages are opened and they are used more for promotion and branding.
Facebook for e-Learning: 20 educational applications
Facebook for e-Learning20 Educational Applications
by Christopher Pappas M.B.A., M.Ed.
Facebook is one of the fastest growing social networks that helps people communicate efficiently with their friends, families, coworkers, and classmates.
50% of Facebook's active users log on to Facebook in any given day.
Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events.
How can we use Facebook for e-Learning?
Some of the Facebook users are your learners and they know how to use Facebook effectively
Using Facebook for e-Learning could inspire many of our students to learn
However,Facebook was not created to be used as a learning environment
In the following slides I will present you 20 Facebook Educational Applications based on the Three Types of Interaction
The Three Types of Interaction
Learner & Instructor
Learner & Learners
Learner & Content
The learner to instructor interaction refers to the interaction between the learner and an instructor, tutor, mentor, or content expert. The second type of interaction occurs via print, electronic dialog, e-mail, computer conferencing, or electronic online classroom discussions.
The learner to learner interaction can occur outside of or in group settings with or without an instructor present. The third type of interaction occurs when learners engage in discussion moderated by the instructor. At the same time, learners’ groups may be given responsibility to act autonomously for conducting group projects, or other forms of group-lead activities.
The learner to content interaction refers to the interaction between the learner and the content or subject matter. Moore believes that if a learner interacts with the content/subject matter, then changes in the learner’s understanding occur.
Learner & Content (continue)
SlideShareYou can create and share presentation on Facebook. At the same time you can add documents, PDFs, add MP3 audio to make webinars!
Mathematical FormulasYou can distribute mathematical formulas and solutions to your learners. Learners can see the formulas even if they did not add the application.
NewsRackA fully featured RSS reader that can be used as a standalone client with Google Readers. You can share information relevant to your course with your learners.
Events CalendarYou can create, edit and maintain a monthly calendar on your profile and share it with your learners.
FlashcardsYou can create flashcards to help you study on Facebook.
Learner & Content
Zoho Online OfficeYou can have all your office files such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations online and share them with your learners.
UdutuLearnLets you views courses that you have been given access to and shows your progress.
WorldCatYou can do research, catalog your library's collection and of course share it with your learners.
FilesYou can access your files from anywhere and share important work files with your learners. Files is powered by Box.net.
Learner & Instructor
SurveyGizmoYou can create surveys, polls and quizzes and send them to your classmates on Facebook.
UdutuTeachThis application allows you to import courses from myUdutu (authoring tool). You can manage which learners can take your course and track the learners' progress.
Webinaria Screencast RecorderYou can create screencast tutorials or record video presentation for sharing with your learners.
Skype MeYour learners could see when you are online (Virtual Office Hours) and talk or chat with you for free!
Quiz Monster Create your own quiz Facebook application!
Learner & Learners
Neat ChatLearners can chat on Facebook groups and pages. They can share files, send private message and do much more through a fast and intuitive interface
StudyGroupsQuickly and easily collaborate with your classmates and plan out homework for your courses.
Books iReadShare the books that you are reading with your classmates. See what they think!
KoofersShare your old tests, quizzes, and study guides with other students.
BookTagThis application let you create arbitrary book lists, label them and share them with your classmates.
PeerPongDiscover everyone's expertise and connects you with the best person to answer any question.
Facebook could be used in the learning process!
We can not create an e-Learning course in Facebook
However, we can use Facebook as a tool that will enhance/support an e-Learning course.
The new eFront come with a rich set of social tools that facilitate the social learning process together with an easy-to-use Facebook integration plugin!
If you are interested to explore how can you use Facebook for e-Learning you can join our Facebook Group "Facebook for e-Learning".
eFront is a user friendly Open Source Learning Management System, visually attractive and SCORM certified!
eFront enables "community learning" and supports the principles of "collective knowledge".