Agenda • 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 violations) • 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 disrepute • Oxford Students have been disciplined with evidence from Facebook after post-exam “trashing” • 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 Teaching • 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!) Communicating • 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 someone • Personal messages & threads Collaborating • 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! Exercises • 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!
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