Thursday, March 10, 2011
So far, so good
It's the first week and so far I'm happy with the group Facebook page and the way students are interacting with it. We met in a computer lab on Monday so I had everyone join during class and complete the pre-survey. I've posted several documents since -- the course info sheet, some readings, and two videos relating to the readings -- and have been happily surprised at student responses so far. Several students went on the site, watched the videos, and commented on them that afternoon without having been asked to do so and it really helped get the conversation going during our Wednesday class. I have since posted our first informal writing assignment, giving them a deadline of noon on Sunday to contribute. The two responses posted so far are thoughtful and pretty fully fleshed out, which is also a nice surprise. I was afraid that using Facebook might put students in "social networking" mode, as opposed to "school" mode, and lead to less-academic writing (abbreviations, lack of full sentences, etc.). So far, that hasn't happened. Just the fact that students have gone to the site to "like" things, even if they don't comment, is encouraging. It shows me that they're engaged in and thinking about what the class is doing even when they're not in the classroom.