Thursday, March 20, 2008

When Professors Go...Online

The NYTimes ran "The Professor as Open Book", a piece that explores the growing number if higher ed. educators who are creating online presences for themselves. As a proponent of meeting students where they are and using social networking as a way to create community (and a rich learning lifestyle!) beyond the classroom, I think it's cool that so many profs seem to be taking advantage of new internet technologies to enrich their teaching.

Of course, there is always the fact that it can be awkward when students and professors meet in cyberspace. Feelings of TMI on both sides, some online overshares - like references to behavior that violates campus policies - raise new questions about student-teacher relationships.

So, to all you students and professors out there - what do you think of social networking as an educational tool? What are your success stories? Limitations you've encountered?


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