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Facebook

Introduction

Facebook is a social networking site that allows you to communicate and share information with other Facebook users of your choice. Facebook provides options for adding pictures, videos, links, and text posts.

Research findings from faculty and student interviews and surveys have shown that faculty-student and student-student engagement is one of the main challenges in online courses. Professors can use Facebook as one way to facilitate communication with and between students.

 

Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Facebook.

 

Instructions on How to Use Facebook

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Facebook.

 

Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use Facebook.

Demo: Using Facebook

Demo: Privacy on Facebook

Demo: Controlling Sharing on Facebook

Demo: Controlling How Your Information is Shared

Demo: Understanding Social Plugins

Please click the following link for additional information on privacy settings in Facebook:
http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/six-steps-for-checking-your-facebo...

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Facebook

No specific hardware or software is required to use Facebook. Facebook will work with any operating system and Internet browser.

Go to www.facebook.com to access Facebook and create a page.

 

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Reviews

 

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.

 

Faculty e-Tool Review Results 

Number of faculty reviewers: 3

1. The e-tool was easy to incorporate into my course.

 Picture of review results - 33.3% of reviewers strongly agreed that this e-tool was easy to incorporate into their course. 66.7% of reviewers strongly felt unsure that this e-tool was easy to incorporate into their course.

2. I used the e-tool to address the following: (Select all that apply)

Picture of review results-100% of reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with and between students.

 

3. Do you think the e-tool exemplified the construct of UDI within your course?  (UDI is defined as an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a range of learners including students with disabilities.)

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4. Please comment on the benefits of using the e-tool in your course.

  • Students posted many questions and links to relevant materials.
  • I believe it is a great e-tool resource. It did free me from being the intermediary in facilitating communication for group assignments because they just communicated through facebook.

5. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the e-tool in your course.

  • Can't require everyone to have Facebook....some are very set against it.
  • I do not how many of them actually used it or just communicated in person or some other method. My guess is both.

 

6. I will use the e-tool in another course.

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7. In the future, I will use the e-tool to address the following: (select all that apply)

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Student e-Tool Review Results

Number of students who took the survey: 9

Number of students with learning disabilities who took the survey: 3

1. The tool was easy to use.

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2. The tool assisted me with the following: (Select all that apply)

Picture of results on -16.7% of student reviewers used this e-tool to understand course requirements.  83.3% of student reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with other students in the class. 16.7% of student reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with their instructor. 

 

3. Please comment on the benefits of using the tool in the course.

 

  • It was easy to use.
  • The tool was a great idea but I completely forgot to use it well if I had picked a partner of someone I didn't know it would have been an easy way to communicate with them.

4. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the tool

  • Many students were unable to search the page we needed on Facebook.
  • It was hard to find the course. The only use for it was to talk to your partner but when you live with the person that is your partner it makes joining the group a waste of time. Not many people used it.
  • I don't see any major drawbacks although I think it would be more successful if more of the course was based through Facebook to increase the ease of use from students. Even if there was a way to post quizzes through a Facebook application it would be pretty cool.
  • It's just has easy to ask them for their email address in class.