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Hire that Facebook party animal

 Maclean's, July 29, 2013 Content Level = Intermediate, Lexile Measure = 1230

ONE MORNING IN 2011, a 24-year-old Georgia high school teacher named Ashley Payne was called down to the office of her school's principal and given an ultimatum. She could resign from her position or be fired. She hadn't looked at a student the wrong way or practised corporal punishment. She had had a drink. To be precise, she had two--a glass of wine and a pint of beer, simultaneously, on a European vacation in 2009. The problem, though, was that a picture of this minor indulgence made its way onto Facebook, where--despite Payne using the site's highest privacy settings--someone saw it, and brought it to the attention of the school's principal. Payne took the high road: She resigned.


Using Facebook as a course management system: one instructor's journey

 Distance Learning, December 2012 Content Level = Advanced, Lexile Measure = 1270



My options seemed too limited. In the fall of 2010, I found myself disappointed with the course management system (CMS) options available for the university-level courses I instructed. The institution provided Blackboard, where far too often I spent time training students how to use the CMS, instead of instructing course content; or, I was frustrated by the clunkiness of using it. My needs were not being met.

Earlier, I had tested using open-licensed options like Moodle and Sakai. Unfortunately, when teaching the students how to use these systems, I found the cognitive load was even greater than with Blackboard. I wanted to focus on teaching the course content, using a system that was intuitive to students (and me), yet robust enough to fit my instructional needs.

So, I turned to Facebook.

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