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•   Quick Facebook Introduction
•   Privacy and Ownership Concerns
•   Disciplinary Action
•   Communicating
•   Collaborating
•   Teaching
•   Practical
                    What is Facebook?
     • A “social networking” site
     • Framework for information
     • Complex control of who can see what
     • Users have a “profile” with a picture* and
       other personal details as they wish,
       including “limited profile”
     • Based on “Networks”
     • Facebook creates a newsfeed based on
       what your “friends” are doing

* Picture is important for recognition, especially with common names
            What is Facebook?
• Started in Harvard University Feb 2004
• Later added academic addresses (.edu, .ac.uk etc)
  making “networks” for “colleges”
  – Oxford network has just over 33,000 people in it, out a
    possible c. 45,000
• Regional and Employer networks also exist
  – “Regional” anyone can join, but can’t change too often
  – “Employer” requires email address in the right domain
• Opened to anyone with email in Sep 2006
           Facebook features
•   The Wall
•   Messages INBOX (and threads)
•   Pokes
•   Groups
•   Events
•   Photos & Videos (with tagging)
•   Posted items (text and URLs)
•   Shared items
•   Applications
 Other Social Networking Sites
• Bebo – lots of school children
• MySpace – musicians etc.
  – Sometimes called “poor man’s facebook”
• Friendfinder
• Twitter
• And other minor sites
             Privacy Concerns
• People worry about revealing their personal lives
  to the world
• Tutors and Students may want to keep things
  from each other!
   – Restricted Profiles can help
• Identity Theft Risk
   – Don’t show DOB and Home Address!
• Facebook staff can check profiles (for policy
• Things are “cached” on the web so even if you
  put something up then remove it, it may still be
  held elsewhere for years!
       How to control privacy
• Privacy screen on Facebook
• Settings for:
  – Profile
  – Search
  – News feed
  – Poke, message, friend request
  – Applications
• Don’t put stuff up you don’t want others to
  see. Think about future employers etc.
          Ownership Concerns
• Facebook T&Cs say that they own everything
  you put there
   – All content on the Site … are the proprietary property
     of the Company.
• Copyright Policy is strict
   – But don’t put things up you intend to publish or
     otherwise claim copyright to!
         – You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments,
           suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information about the
           Site or the Service ("Submissions"), provided by you to
           Company are non-confidential and shall become the sole
           property of Company.
          Disciplinary Action
• Don’t name your employer and then defame
  them or say anything to bring them into
• Oxford Students have been disciplined with
  evidence from Facebook after post-exam
• In April, students at a Toronto school were
  banned from an end-of-the-year trip after
  disparaging remarks about a teacher were found
  on Facebook
So why use Facebook for Teaching?

• Personal and professional networking only
  differ in the content, not the tool
• Students today are “digitally native”
• There is a divide between the way they
  learn and the way we teach
• We are the digital immigrants!
• Teaching students the way they prefer to
  learn may improve attainment
Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants

 Source: http://www.apple.com/au/education/digitalkids/disconnect/landscape.html
• Have your students in groups?
• Have them as Facebook “friends” perhaps
  with limited profile status
• Post and share URLs
  – Weblearn material
  – Reading lists
  – Other online material
• Photos & Videos (but watch copyright!)
• Groups
  –   Discussions
  –   Photos
  –   Videos
  –   Posted items (Weblearn URLs?)
  –   Group events and invitations
  –   Groups for tutorial groups?
  –   Don’t have to be a friend to be in a group with
• Personal messages & threads
• Cross-Institution Groups
• Subject-specific groups
  – Try searches
• Groups or Events for specific conferences/meetings
  – UCISA is experimenting with this
• Easy way to post and share videos and photos
• Universal across HE worldwide (almost!)
• Don’t forget ownership & privacy issues!
• Make a profile if you don’t already have one
    – Adjust your privacy settings
    – Join the Oxford network
• Make friends with your neighbour
• Make your neighbour only see your limited profile
• Search for groups that cover your subject
• Make a group and invite your neighbour to it – or join
  an existing one
• Have a look at the Oxford network page
• Search for some people you know
    – Unusual names are easier!