Why Facebook Groups? Or, Should the Real Question Be: Why Not?

According to a recent study, undergraduates were found to use smartphones and other devices for non-class-related purposes an average of 11 times a day. As social media can often be the inspiration for students’ errant in-class clicking, instructors have long been wary of including use of such sites for classes. However, “Experimenting with Facebook in [...]

Assessing Participation

“An Intriguing Participation Policy,” an article in Faculty Focus, looks at an interesting approach to assessing discussion participation, one that has the potential to be effectively adapted for the large online classroom. The article proposes to have students decide how they will choose to participate in a course (i.e., be called on or volunteer) and [...]