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An education in Facebook

Allen, Matthew 2012, An education in Facebook, Digital culture and education, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 213-225.

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Title An education in Facebook
Author(s) Allen, MatthewORCID iD for Allen, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8882-8763
Journal name Digital culture and education
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 213
End page 225
Total pages 13
Publisher Digital Culture and Education
Place of publication Online
Publication date 2012-12-15
ISSN 1836-8301
Keyword(s) facebook
informal learning
internet
online learning
social networking
universities
Summary For some years academics have debated the role in higher education of Facebook, the world’s most extensive social networking site. At first there was enthusiasm—it was a new tool that could be ‘repurposed’ for education; then, as Facebook became more widespread, its use seemed less than opportune. But now, with so many students already engaged before they even come to a university, perhaps it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that Facebook is as natural to education as the commute, the computer, and everything else which students ‘bring’. This paper first presents a summary of what Facebook affords, by way of its design and use, for online communication and networking, demonstrating the central role of reciprocal acts of attention exchange in this system. It then analyses, through a critical reading of research into Facebook and education, the way Facebook challenges traditional understandings of university education and the relationships between teachers and students. It concludes that, however we might seek to use Facebook in higher education (and there are many reasons we might), its use will always be shaped by—and indeed give rise to—a blurring of the traditional boundaries between formal and informal education.
Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050603

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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