Facebook is a social networking tool that creates a virtual place for Facebook users to connect, share, collaborate, socialize, or simply “hang out.” Persons can access Facebook through computers, tablets and smartphones enabled with Internet access. Facebook users can choose to have updates sent to them via the Facebook application, text message or email (all requiring a Facebook account).
Facebook allows users to:
- create a personal site and post short messages, pictures, video, links, updates, and more – to be shared with others;
- search for friends who are Facebook users;
- comment on friends’ sites;
- communicate with Facebook users through private or public messages and chat;
- create, join and collaborate in groups based on common interests.
Facebook’s social features may encourage student interactions and informal learning, and thus contribute to building an engaging learning community in an online course.
An instructor can create a:
- Facebook Page to easily post announcements, events, short messages, pictures, video, links, and more. Students with or without Facebook accounts can view the Facebook Page updates.
- group on Facebook for a class, or to simply encourage students to create their own groups. A Facebook group (with or without the instructor) creates an informal and familiar online venue for students who wish to stay connected during a course.
- Dr. Sky Huck’s Facebook Page on statistics.
- University of Tennessee’s Creative Writing Page.
- UT Turfgrass Page.
- University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine page.
- Create a Facebook account, edit your profile and modify your Facebook privacy settings.
- Begin engaging your students by creating a Facebook Page. Facebook users will be able to respond to content from your Page by clicking the Like button.
- Read articles and reports in the Resources section to learn more about Facebook use in the classroom.
- Explore Facebook features and their suitability for your course.
University of Tennessee’s Social Media Best Practices Guide for Departments (PDF), UT Office of Communications and Marketing.
Facebook Page Guides
- Facebook Pages, a Facebook’s guide on creating a Facebook Page.
- What’s the admin panel on my Facebook Page? A help page on working with the Administration panel.
- Common questions about Pages policies.
- Privacy options for Facebook Pages.
Articles, Reports, and Presentations
- Social Media in Higher Education, a blog by Professor Rey Junco, where he reports and discusses his social media research studies. Infographics.
- Five best practices for educators on Facebook, Mashable Social Media, 2011.
- How College Professors Use Facebook, Schools, 2011.
- Facebook for Teaching and Learning, Practical Strategies for Educators, Sloan C, 2011.
- Seven things you should know about Facebook, EDUCAUSE, 2007.