Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Using Facebook to Boost Learning

I personally think Facebook will be (or should be) our next LMS. Why would we adopt a separate platform (Blackboard, Angel, Canvas, Moodle, etc) to engage students when they're already waiting for us in Facebook?

Using Facebook to Get Better Grades?:
A new international study suggests online social networking sites like Facebook can not only help students get into the academic and social swing of things in college — it can also boost learning.

Researchers in China and Hong Kong said the finding that such sites can benefit learning and academics is a novel one, and underscores the need for academic institutions to be creative and resourceful in how they utilize social networking sites.


Educationally, students reported that Facebook allowed them to connect with faculty and other students, extending beyond friendship/social relationships.

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