July 22, 2013
So, I teach in a traditional setting. I think that there is a great advantage in blending the online environment. These rules are my attempt to create a mini social network LMS protocol so that I can use tools like Facebook with my students. This is some of the design plan policies that I have been considering The underlined areas are places where I might find feedback from stakeholders. In parenthesis are some basic rationale for that choice. Please offer insights, and hopefully these ideas can benefit my students.
- Student avatars/cartoon character(Identity protection)
- Pseudonyms for self and in reference to others(Identity protection)
- No pictures of themselves or fellow students(Identity protection)
- Closed Facebook groups (safe learning environment)
- “On Topic” and “Appropriate” content Expectation (safe learning environment)
- Formal and informal “Topics” – billboards, questions… (LMS, academic discussions, peer communication)
- Moderated content as biasedly judged by course moderator. (Safe learning environment)
- “separate“ Individual grades and feedback via email (safe learning environment)
- Deletion of inappropriate content, anonymous flagging process for peers (Safe learning environment)
- Disciplinary consequences for inappropriate content (safe learning environment)
- News, announcements, promotions, event ideas (Communication, conversation, interaction)
- Upcoming Deadline calendar (LMS, connectedness, awareness)
References that influenced the development of these policies:
Mack, D., Behler, A., Roberts, B., & Rimland, E. (2007). Reaching students with Facebook: data and best practices. Electronic journal of academic and special librarianship, 8(2), 4.
Schroeder, J., & Greenbowe, T. (2009). The chemistry of Facebook: Using social networking to create an online community for the organic chemistry laboratory. Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 5(4), 1-7.
Baran, B. (2010). Facebook as a formal instructional environment. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(6), E146-E149.
Wang, Q., Woo, H. L., Quek, C. L., Yang, Y., & Liu, M. (2012). Using the Facebook group as a learning management system: An exploratory study.British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(3), 428-438.