Lately we’ve been talking a lot about using Facebook as a learning platform. Social is integral to learning in the workforce today – and learning platforms need to be able to support formal and informal, personalized and social learning. We took that into consideration with the eFront platform which comes with a rich set of social tools that facilitate the communication and social learning process together with an easy-to-use Facebook integration plugin.
eFront allows users to connect to the platform via their Facebook account. By using the Facebook connection some info from Facebook is transferred to efront (specifically the user status and avatar). If the eFront user changes his/her status this change is also reflected on his/her Facebook profile.
The administrator enables the Facebook integration though the system settings and the Facebook tab (in ‘External tools’) by entering the Facebook API key and secret code. The admin can then choose to allow connection with Facebook, Facebook data acquisition (avatar and status exchanges) and the external login to eFront through a Facebook account.
Let’s start this post by stating that Facebook was not actually created as a learning platform, it can however clearly be used to enhance and support elearning. Facebook is STILL the most convenient way to get connected to friends, get updated on existing friends, find new people, build relationships and express identities – so the big Facebook advantage is that your audience is most definitely there. Facebook makes it easy to network and interact with other virtual students, and because most people know how to use Facebook they don’t need to become familiar with a new platform.
It’s also relatively easy to create apps for Facebook, making it a great canvas for developers to add cool new functionality and get users involved pretty quickly. We have written about Facebook apps for elearning before in this post!
Do – build a separate teacher page for your “teacher” presence.
Do – keep your teacher and personal page very separate
Do – post pictures of school/lessons/trips – even diagrams you put on the board (snap them with your phone and post them) – it reminds students that you are there, generates a pride in the school and reminds them that this is not a vacuous space!
Don’t – ‘friend’ students yourself – not even as your “teacher” presence.
Don’t – accept complete ignorance of Facebook as an excuse for dangerous school policies like blanket bans. Instead offer to be an action researcher, and try it out for a year. Continue reading →
Facebook objective is “to help you connect and share with the people in your life“. At the same time, Facebook is one of the fastest growing social networks that helps people communicate efficiently with their friends, families, coworkers, and classmates.
50% of Facebook’s active users log on to Facebook in any given day.
Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events.
Some of them are your learners and they know how to use Facebook effectively! Using Facebook for e-Learning could inspire many of our students to learn. As a result, my question is how can we use Facebook for e-Learning?Continue reading →
In a step towards an integrated social media strategy, Epignosis has announced that will proceed to 26 successive biweekly exclusive offers just for the fans of the eFront page on facebook.
The first exclusive offer was announced on Wednesday April 7th, 12:00 GMT, while the second will be announced on Wednesday April 21st, 12:00 GMT and the 26th on Wednesday March 25th, 2011.
The content the first exclusive offer is the following:
“The first exclusive offer for the members of the eFront facebook community is a flat 25% discount for any on-line eFront purchase! Please contact the page administrators or drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for getting your discount coupon.
This first exclusive offer will be valid until Wednesday April 21st, 12:00 GMT. Please contact us for getting your discount coupons!
Visit the eFront price-list for hosted and non-hosted versions:
Exclusive facebook discount to be applied on these prices.”
Epignosis is committed to providing the highest level of Customer support and to continuously evolve the eFront platform for meeting the most demanding standards of the human capital management and the e-learning industry. Moreover, we are committed to returning the loyalty of our on-line communitythrough special, exclusive offers just for them.