I am compiling some of the comments I received from colleagues and students after sending out an email with information on the seminar. I also posted a notice in Facebook.
Unless you are very careful, using social media invariably leads to spelling and grammar mistakes.
From Pam Kauffman, administrative assistant:
Hi Peter,I just helped Julie Martin set up a page for the PTA graduates. She felt it would be a good way to stay in touch with them, find out about job openings, who has a job, and anything else. There is a fine line there. Also, the PTA students friend each other and it makes a good way to keep in the know with classes, cancelations and so on. Hope that helps.
From Annyce Stone, instructor:
I hope you don’t mind my old-fashioned email reply!
I ask students this very question in my online classes. It ends up split pretty much down the middle with students thinking it would be a great way to enhance class communications and those saying that they want FB to be private and personal. In addition, those indicating that it might be good for a class also indicate that they don’t think it should be a place for assignments — only for general communications, basic questions, and course reminders.
As a result, I have resisted creating a class FB page out of concern for those who want FB to remain their private, social arena. The texts that I tend to review and read for my classes (Business English) actually encourage drawing the line between the two worlds. Business texts do mention professional networking sites such as LinkedIn as an option to FB for those who want networking — but in a strictly professional sense.
I hope this helps,
Online Adjunct, PSUMA
From Pam Reifinger:
I will not be attending this session but I feel it’s a great opportunity for students to know their professor especially in a web class. However, I rather not have them access my private Facebook account. I’m willing to create a professional one for my web students to access me.
Hope this helps!