Thursday, November 12, 2009

Article: Course Requirement: Friend Your Professor on Facebook

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 12, 2009

Some professors don't let students see their Facebook pages. Peter Juvinall insists students "friend" him.

The Illinois State University instructor decided the best way to connect with a bunch of freshman business students in a short 8 a.m. class was to conduct much of the course where they are anyway—on Facebook.

So, as he explained during last week’s Educause conference and in a subsequent interview, he uses Facebook as a course-management system by instructing students to “friend” his personal page on the first day of class.


Teaching on Facebook works with one of Mr. Juvinall's main messages: that students should think of their online presence as a digital resume. Employers have been known to ask alumni to check out the Facebook pages of job candidates, he points out, since some Facebook users allow anyone within their university's network to view their profiles.

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