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I *knew* there was another use for Facebook!

October 6, 2010

Inside Higher Ed reports that Purdue has created a program that acts as an overlay to Facebook for education purposes. The article states that the program is an LMS but is not designed to replace BlackBoard. My questions surrounding the LMS overlay relates to privacy and I wonder if it relies upon the security mechanisms built into Facebook or if there are other layers of security applied. It looks promising in terms of bringing higher ed faculty into the world of Social Networking as there are those who are reluctant to utilize many of the ubiquitous tools that are Web 2.0 and beyond.

This follows Rogers (2003) concept of the diffusion of innovations but one wonders why faculty are among the later adopters (on the whole) when it seems, somewhat paradoxically, that they should en masse be at the forefront. Time will tell.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/10/06/facebook

References

Rogers, E. (2003). Diffusion of Innovations (5th ed.). New York: Free Press, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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