Are your students favouring Facebook groups for course discussion over using Moodle forums?
You wouldn’t be the only University with that problem. Naturally water follows the easiest path, and presently for having online discussions it’s simpler to jump on Facebook for a casual chat. It totally beats some clunky Forum software.
But, is that even a problem? Is this practice just replacing them chatting about their project down the SU over a pint?
To be honest, in a lot of the cases there’s no problem for a casual chat. But as there’s pressure to prepare students to be more work ready, I can’t think of a workplace I’ve been in where sitting on Facebook to work would be thought a good idea. Also, by the staff being removed from the equation we’re missing the chance to pick up on problems.
So in a future blog post, I’m going to list some alternative “professional” software which your University could recommend to them.