Stanford Facebook Class

The University of Stanford are running a class called CS377W: Creating Engaging Facebook Apps.


A Vision of Students today

Here’s another video for you, while you’re not fixing those errors inserted into your nice clean code by that pesky WYSIWYG JavaScript text editor that your CMS uses … or checking Facebook for the bejillionth time today.

Also spotted on the IA Institute e-mail list

A short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

When I was at university I didn’t get to make cool videos, I had to sit in a big, cold classroom with a facsimilie of the Rosetta Stone on the wall and learn Hebrew.

Mind you, when I was at university our college didn’t get PCs (Mac Classics) until my 2nd year (1990-91), we had no email, the World Wide Web wouldn’t be invented for another few years, and video cameras probably cost the same as a year’s student grant!

How things have changed! Some for the better (nice shiny technology), and some for the worse (no student grants).

Teaching & Learning with Facebook group

Teaching and Learning with Facebook

BJ Fogg from Stanford University, author of Persuasive Technology and founder of startup YackPack (a Web 2.0-style service for live talk and voice messages), has started a Facebook group for “people interested in pushing the envelope of education” using Facebook.

It’s called Teaching & Learning with Facebook (requires login to Facebook).


What it’s about

Here’s what BJ has to say about the group:

Compared [with] other online systems, Facebook’s tools for groups are limited. Facebook offers no wiki, no group notifications, no applications you can install on a group page. Despite the current limitations (which we all hope will change soon), Facebook has big potential for teaching and learning.

Facebook offers three clear advantages over any other solution:

#1. Our students use Facebook and like it
In most cases our students are already on Facebook. They hang out here. They like it. As teachers we bring our expertise and learning processes into their world.

#2. The social connections are built in
Facebook maps out students’ social connections. This can be used in many ways, such as having students get peer feedback on their work. (The value of Facebook’s Social Graph is a big topic, which we’ll explore together in the coming weeks.)

#3. New applications launched daily
Facebook is adding applications faster than any other company. It seems that most days someone posts a new app that benefits teaching and learning. Soon we’ll have a wealth of options. Most important: All this functionality will be integrated with social connections. (This last idea probably should be point #4.)

I thought this might be an interesting group to keep an eye on, given some of the discussions at IWMW2007 in York. I’ve joined the group, you might like to consider it too.