12b) Adopting Facebook as a Learning Management System

Thanos Hatziapostolou (Computer Science Department, International Faculty)

Second Session (12:20 – 13:20) 
Inox Conference Suite 3

What is this about?
Facebook is currently the biggest social network on the web and one of the most popular websites for students. Ample research suggests that the social aspect and certain functionalities of Facebook offer great potential for teaching and learning. This session presents how Facebook can be used to either supplement or even replace a Learning Management System. Facebook’s main features that can offer learning environment functionalities, namely “Facebook Page” and “Facebook Group”, will be explored and compared in detail both from technical and pedagogical perspectives. Furthermore, opportunities, challenges and ethical issues will also be discussed. Lastly, the session will present a case study of setting

up and using solely Facebook as the LMS for a specific module and discuss the lecturer’s experience and students’ satisfaction and reflections.

How will colleagues benefit?
Colleagues will be shown in detail the advantages and disadvantages of “Facebook Page” and “Facebook Group” from a technical point of view as well as the applicability of each feature from a pedagogical point of view. In addition, implications for practice/policy in supplementing or substituting the LMS with Facebook will also be discussed.


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