Stanford profs using Facebook to extend office hours

BJ Fogg responds to commenter's questions about the dark side of social media.

BJ Fogg responds to commenter's questions about the dark side of social media.

The Wired Campus blog had a post about some Stanford University professors using Facebook to hold “open office hours.”  I know instructors at Franklin Pierce in Rindge (and practically every other college) lament the fact that students don’t attend office hours even when it would really be to their benefit.  I’m not saying everyone in higher ed can or should use Facebook the way Stanford does, but I do applaud their learner-centered approach.  I think that rather than asking, “What’s wrong with students–why don’t they use office hours?” they asked something like, “What do students use now and how can we bring office hours closer to their comfort zone?”

Stanford University bills its new Open Office Hours experiment as a public version of the old weekly tradition. Only in this forum you don’t need perfect SAT’s and a 4.0 GPA for the privilege of interacting with the California university’s professors.

It’s free. It’s open to anyone on Facebook. And it’s sort of like video blogging. Faculty members share their thoughts in introductory clips. They respond to questions in follow-up videos.

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