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ERIC Number: ED562292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Using Facebook as a Virtual Classroom in a Public University in Mexico City
Batista, Miguel Angel Herrera
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on e-Learning (Prague, Czech Republic, Jul 23-26, 2013)
Since Information and Communication Technologies have been developed, many changes have taken place in society. Social Networks certainly have changed communication habits, especially among young people. Nowadays, Social Networks are used as a communication system every day. In most countries, university students use this communication and interaction media to share information, images, videos, music, etc. but essentially, they use Social Network to socialize. In Mexico, probably more than 90% of the students between 17 and 25 years old have their own Facebook space. In this way, almost every student in the university knows how to use the social network, especially Facebook, nevertheless, none of them knows how to use virtual classrooms like Moodle, for example. This is a big problem for universities which are interested in using virtual classrooms. That is the case of Metropolitan Autonomous University, in Mexico City that is interested in using Moodle to support academic activities. That is why we decided to change the paradigm: if we can't take students to virtual classroom, we can take classroom to students. In this way we empowered Facebook as a virtual classroom. In this paper we describe our experience in using Facebook, no just as a communication media, but as a real virtual classroom, in a public university in Mexico City. [For the full proceedings, see ED562127.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico (Mexico City)