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The good, the bad and the ugly : Facebook and higher education

conference contribution
posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Debra Bateman
The use of Social Networking and Web 2.0 are clearly reshaping the ways in which Higher Education is facilitated and experienced by students. Increasingly, there is a social and cultural expectation that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) should be ubiquitous within peoples’ daily lives. Specifically, through auto-ethnographic methodology, this presentation will showcase the use of Facebook across several units of study. Within these auto-ethnographies are exemplars of collaboration between students, and between students and lecturers. There are also examples which highlight the ways in which the lecturer uses Facebook to inform teaching, and monitor student engagement with ‘real time’ student feedback. Other examples demonstrate the ways in which Facebook is utilised as a mode of representation for student assessment, knowledge production and dissemination. Two examples specifically focus on lecturer responses to student use of Facebook which resulted in infringement of academic conduct. The presenter will draw upon this series of auto-ethnographies to highlight multiple considerations for academia, the institutions in which they work and the development of policy more broadly across Higher Education. This presentation explores the potential capacities, strengths and pitfalls in adopting social technologies. It further highlights the vigilance with which these spaces must be ‘monitored’ in protecting intellectual property, academic integrity and in demonstrating a duty of care for those with whom we interact.

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Event

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference (33rd : 2010 : Melbourne, Vic.)

Publisher

HERDSA

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Place of publication

Milperra, N.S.W.

Start date

2010-07-06

End date

2010-07-09

ISSN

0155-6223

ISBN-10

0908557809

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Copyright notice

2010, HERDSA

Title of proceedings

HERDSA 2010 : Refereed papers from the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference

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