Using Facebook to facilitate course-related discussion between students and faculty members

Using Facebook to facilitate course-related discussion between students and faculty members
DiVall, Margarita V. (Author)
Kirwin, Jennifer L. (Author)
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), March 12, 2012
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Digital origin:
born digital
Objectives. To use Facebook to facilitate online discussion of the content of a Comprehensive Disease Management course and to evaluate student use and perceptions of this exercise. Design. A Facebook page was created and coordinators encouraged students to "like" the page and to post and view study tips, links, or questions. At the end of the course, students' use and perceptions were evaluated using an anonymous survey tool. Assessment. At the end of week 1, there were 81 followers, 5 wall posts, and 474 visits to the course Facebook page. At peak use, the page had 117 followers, 18 wall posts, and 1,326 visits. One hundred nineteen students (97% of the class) completed the survey tool. Twenty-six percent of students contributed posts compared to 11% who posted on the course discussion board on Blackboard. Students were more likely to post and be exposed to posts on Facebook than on Blackboard. Students found Facebook helpful and 57% said they would miss Facebook if use was not continued in subsequent courses. Conclusions. Students in a Comprehensive Disease Management course found the addition of a Facebook page a valuable study tool and thought most posts added to their learning.
Originally published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, v.76 no.2 (2012), article no.32. DOI:10.5688/ajpe76232
Subjects and keywords:
Communication in education
Online social networks
Pharmacy students
social networking
pharmacy education
survey instrument
Medical Education
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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