Facebook Page vs Facebook Group

Reading an article in Faculty Focus entitled “Experimenting with Facebook in the College Classroom” I was intrigued by the difference in creating a Facebook Page versus a Facebook group especially from the students’ perspective. In my mind a Facebook page seemed like an excellent tool to use in the classroom because course materials, feedback, news items, discussions and more could be posted in an easily visible place. I had not even considered that students might not want to be so “visible” when it came to posting academic reports or responses. In the article it was pointed out that “students tend to be concerned about their online persona-saying something unintelligent is a big concern for them.” The article concludes that students prefer the “Closed Facebook Group” because “They are apprehensive about asking questions in open groups where their Facebook friends can judge them as scholastically inept (Selwyn)”

 

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About Karin Potgieter

Originally from South Africa, I have been privileged to enjoy the beautiful lifestyle of Canada. My career in Early Childhood Education has been motivating, ranging from the endearing relationships with the children and families of the Preschool that I owned to the inspirational interactions with my students as instructor of the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. My qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Provincial Instructors Diploma and en route to completing the Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.
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