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Successful use of Facebook in a course

August 21, 2014

thumUpFor several years Baylor sociology professor Kevin Dougherty has used a Facebook group in his introductory course. He finds that participants enjoy the course more and get better grades. Dougherty believes it helps “turn 250 strangers that happen to sit in a class together into a community.”

Prof. Dougherty’s teaching assistant acts as “social-media director,” moderating online conversations and renewing content that includes pictures, videos, and questions-of-the-day. Students can even win small prizes if their posts are “liked” enough.

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