To me, they are not reinventing the wheel. They are taking existing ideas from Facebook and making it better to meet students’ needs. I personally love the idea because I remember joining those newly accepted student groups and felt so lost with all the students who joined. And for most college students, Facebook is how a lot of students communicate with each other. During my undergrad, I was constantly on Facebook. It was where I connected with friends, posted pictures, shared news articles, or just went on to take a break from school. For my Digital Media class, my professor used Facebook as if it was blackboard. She posted the syllabus, zips files of the week’s work, and even messaged us our grades. It was awesome! And I really wish more teachers would incorporate Facebook in education.
So what do you all think? Check out Inigral’s website and see how it is being used on college campuses. It will be hard to prove that it is improving schools’ retention rate because when students leave, they usually leave for multiple reason, not just for social reasons. Do you think it has the potential to improve schools retention’s rates? And also what do you think of incorporating Facebook in the classroom?