Facebook for eLearning

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?For an e-Learning course I would prefer a Facebook group instead of a Facebook page. Groups could be closed (customize group settings) and they can be used for courses and projects. On a class group page you can add links, videos, discussion threads, photos, create events and send group messages. On the other hand, pages are opened and they are used more for promotion and branding.

This were my first thoughts for using Facebook for e-Learning. However, I was not that convinced about using Facebook for e-Learning. Facebook was not created to be used as a learning environment and for sure I wanted more learning features! As a result, I begun a research concerning Educational Application to achieve a better learning outcome.

The list with Facebook Edu-Apps that it follows is not in particular order. I have separated the Edu-Apps based on the three types of interaction.

I highly encourage you to leave a commend if you know any other Facebook Educational Application.

Facebook for e-Learning : 20 educational applicationshttp://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/ssplayer2.swf?doc=facebookfore-learning20educationalapplications-110109114236-phpapp02&rel=0&stripped_title=facebook-for-elearning-20-educational-applications&userName=CPappasOnline

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1) Interactions between Learner and Content

You can create and share presentation on Facebook. At the same time you can add documents, PDFs, add MP3 audio to make webinars!

You can create flashcards to help you study on Facebook.


A fully featured RSS reader that can be used as a standalone client with Google Readers. You can share information relevant to your course with your learners.

Mathematical Formulas
You can distribute mathematical formulas and solutions to your learners. Learners can see the formulas even if they did not add the application.

Events Calendar
You can create, edit and maintain a monthly calendar on your profile and share it with your learners.

Zoho Online Office
You can have all your office files such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations online and share them with your learners.

You can do research, catalog your library’s collection and of course share it with your learners.

Lets you views courses that you have been given access to and shows your progress.

You can access your files from anywhere and share important work files with your learners. Files is powered by Box.net.

2) Interactions between Learner and Instructor

You can create surveys, polls and quizzes and send them to your classmates on Facebook.

Webinaria Screencast Recorder
You can create screencast tutorials or record video presentation for sharing with your learners.

This application allows you to import courses from myUdutu (authoring tool). You can manage which learners can take your course and track the learners’ progress.

Quiz Monster
Create your own quiz Facebook application!

Skype Me
Your learners could see when you are online (Virtual Office Hours) and talk or chat with you for free!

3) Interactions between Learner and Learners 

Books iRead
Share the books that you are reading with your classmates. See what they think!

This application let you create arbitrary book lists, label them and share them with your classmates.

Quickly and easily collaborate with your classmates and plan out homework for your courses.

Share your old tests, quizzes, and study guides with other students.

Discover everyone’s expertise and connects you with the best person to answer any question.

Neat Chat
Learners can chat on Facebook groups and pages. They can share files, send private message and do much more through a fast and intuitive interface. Also, group administrators can ban users from their chat rooms!

After reviewing all these applications I came to the conclusion that Facebook could be used in the learning process. In my opinion, we can not use Facebook as a Learning Management System but we can use Facebook as a tool that will enhance/support an e-Learning course.

The new eFront come with a rich set of social tools that facilitate the social learning process together with an easy-to-use Facebook integration plugin!

If you are interested to explore how can you use Facebook for e-Learning you can join our Facebook Group “Facebook for e-Learning“.

The following presentation explores the potential uses of Facebook for teaching and motivating collaboration between students (Update 11/08/2010: suggested by David Leal)

Facebook Strategies For The Classroomhttp://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/ssplayer2.swf?doc=facebook-strategies-for-the-classroom-1203681025112728-4&stripped_title=facebook-strategies-for-the-classroom&userName=brainopera

Guys, do not forget to leave a comment.

by Christopher Pappas M.B.A., M.Ed.


    How can we use Facebook for e-Learning?

    Thats a simple answer for me to answer as a developer, as a previous worker in e-learning at Sheffield College I immediately noticed if they integrated the Facebook API into their VLE then lets say for example a tutor posts a new course on the VLE or even an update to a course, a student sees it and posts a comment using the Facebook API comments box in the developer network website, this comment not only gets posted to the VLE but also gets posted onto Facebook where others see the comment so the student would say for example: 'This course was great' or 'I can't wait to join this course because…' a) it gets more and more students enrolling on courses, b) it saves money in a time when all companies are looking to tighten their belts – because of the SMO (Social Media Optimisation) part of it (using facebook api, marketing etc) and before you know it you have more and more students enrolling on new courses making your numbers grow and thus your college courses enrolment, even those who are not intending to enrol on the college will find out about the college, school, uni etc and may find a course later on so at least it puts you on the map.

    And in the words of Steve Jobs 'boom' before you know it your college is getting recognised by your students finding new courses or enrolling on others, they are telling people they know on Facebook and their friends may also know from your friends etc…

    You could also use it from the other perspective, make a group on Facebook towards your educational institution, advertise it around your institution etc more and more join, add comments, posts etc in regards to new courses you are planning to add, events for the institution like open days, charity fundraisers, basically things to get the learners motivated and involved if they find this fun then learning will become fun for them which may develop into higher grades.

    Sorry I got carried away a bit there 😛 You can also integrate other social networking API's such as Twitter.

  • What about course content for use with Facebook? Apps and tools are great but do most materials currently used work with social networks? Is there a gap developing between published content and content created by teachers for their online programmes? It is hard to keep on producing good materials.

  • Hi Jason,

    I believe that Facebook could be used in the learning process but it is true that it is hard to keep on producing good materials. I would used Facebook as a tool that will enhance/support an e-Learning course and not as a LMS.

    If you want check the UdutuTeach app.

    Have a wonderful day,

  • This is a great compilation, Chris. I'll be sure to share. Thanks.

  • Hi Connie,

    thank you for your comment!

  • Christopher, many schools have their own facebook pages ( http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=18878032064 ) and have student groups associated with the school page. So from a communication perspective, you could connect teachers and administrators with groups of students with specific messaging / notifications. However, you can't lock out the other content on Facebook, which will cause issues for some or many parents. From your question, I'm not sure anyone clear understands what you would want to achieve by using Facebook…communication of events, assignments, etc, or actual courses and academic content. Can you elaborate on your original question?

  • Hi Richard,

    thank you for your comment. I am trying to address how can we use Facebook for e-Learning. I believe that we cannot use it as a LMS but we can use it as an e-learning environment.

    I hope that this helps.

    Have a wonderful day,

  • Hi guys,

    check this out:

    British Business School Offers M.B.A. Courses on Facebook By Travis Kaya => If you want to read the article follow the link http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/british-university-offers-m-b-a-courses-on-facebook


  • There are some very innovative ideas in this article.

  • Hi wclaire,

    thank you for your comment!

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