I used to have a Facebook page for my CAT students. I would post tips and ideas, resources, content and even tried to use it to engage in academic discourse with my students. I was not particularly successful.
I had a student one year causing trouble with it and I realised it was not a good public forum. I also realised, much to my dismay, that most of my students didn’t really access the page much at all either! However, it is possible to have a good Facebook page/group that can be successful. I had to learn the hard way!
If I start up a Facebook page/group again for my CAT students, I would do it differently. I’d make it more interactive, more secure and figure out a way to include it in my lessons somehow (sort of a ‘flipped classroom’ concept).
A friend of mine at Brainline created a Facebook group for her distance learners doing CAT, of which I am a guest (support role if needed) and I can honestly say she did something right! The students actively engage on a daily basis, ask questions, post solutions, discuss CAT-related questions and even share a fun pic or two. An atmosphere of a common goal has been created and she has a great rapport with her learners.
Edudemic has an article I found called Facebook guidelines for educators. It’s a good read. Go take a look : http://www.edudemic.com/facebook-guidelines-for-educators/
Have any of you created a Facebook page/group for your students? What have the pros and cons been for you?
Thanks for reading.