Jumping into the World of Facebook
All of our students are using it and many are abusing it but Facebook doesn’t have to be the enemy. Laurie Logan, a professor in the School of Business, shared her story about using Facebook with her students at the latest Innovation Case Jam.
Laurie created her Facebook page for her Small Medium Enterprise students this past fall. She uses it to share videos of interest, promote events that are going on and for discussions on topics covered in class. Her students use this space to apply their learning and share their insights. Video sharing is often their preferred mode of sharing. Her colleagues have used her Facebook as a space for sharing and for finding additional teaching resources.
Although over 650 students are friends of Laurie’s, participation on her Facebook is not a requirement of her course. She uses it as a space outside of the classroom but also uses the shared findings as ice breakers in her classes. “My learners are proud to share relevant videos, products and businesses that support the learning that happens in the classroom. This is a way for them to participate which seems to come natural to many of them”, shares Laurie.
A little later in the fall, Laurie started a Facebook Group called SME Success! for alumni of the Small Medium Enterprise program. Just a few short months later this group has grown to over 250 alumni who seem to be running the show themselves. Laurie continues, “I gave them a spot to connect and our alumni has taken things from there. My input is very limited but the dialogue and the connections are happening. They are sharing their stories of success in opening their own businesses and moving forward in their careers. They are networking and finding common ground.”
Laurie has been teaching full-time for six years. Prior to working at Algonquin, Laurie was an entrepreneur and owner of her own business and she is a SME alumni herself. For more information on Laurie, visit her faculty bio.
If you have questions for Laurie about her experience, just leave them here and she’ll respond.
Jumping into the World of Facebook,