• Quick Facebook Introduction
• Privacy and Ownership Concerns
• Disciplinary Action
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
• The Wall
• Messages INBOX (and threads)
• Photos & Videos (with tagging)
• Posted items (text and URLs)
• Shared items
Other Social Networking Sites
• Bebo – lots of school children
• MySpace – musicians etc.
– Sometimes called “poor man’s facebook”
• And other minor sites
• 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:
– News feed
– Poke, message, friend request
• Don’t put stuff up you don’t want others to
see. Think about future employers etc.
• 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.
• 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
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
• 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!)
– 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!