Diversity CollegeEmpowering students to succeed Facebook: The evolving social communityRobert HerronViviana KabbabeChristina MostellerTyler PedeUniversity of South Florida
Our ObjectivesEducate students on pertinent safety issues regarding social network communities, specifically FacebookEncourage appropriate community standards onlineMake students aware of the impression made by their online persona to faculty, staff, future employers and each other
GoalsDevelop an orientation information session for studentsCreate an online tutorial for students to complete prior to logging into the colleges associated computer networks for the first timeProvide means for assessing the effectiveness of the above programs
Why is this program necessary?To Promote SafetyStudents may be unaware of the dangers of releasing their personal information online
To Build CommunityEnsure students hold themselves accountable for their behavior online
To Promote Institutional LoyaltyTake proactive measures to allow students to feel comfortable identifying themselves as members of Diversity Colleges online communityTo Build AwarenessStudents may not know that faculty, staff and future employers may be able to view their Facebook information
http://chimprawk.blogspot.com/2006/01/student-life-on-facebook.htmlResearch Conducted at the University of North Carolina- Chapel HillWhy do we need to reach out to our students?More and more students are joining Facebook
https://blog.softtechvc.com/2005/10/the_facebook_un.html As of October 27, 2005: 45% of US colleges were listed on Facebook It was the 10th most visited site on the internet It signed up an average of 20,000 new users daily 93% of registered users come back monthly 70% of registered users come back daily
More and more students are joining Facebook
Why do we need to reach out to our students?Students are sharing a lot of information on Facebookhttp://chimprawk.blogspot.com/2006/01/student-life-on-facebook.htmlResearch Conducted at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill**According to other wide ranging studies, up to 30% of Facebook users list their cell phone numbers!**https://blog.softtechvc.com/2005/10/the_facebook_un.html
Why do we need to reach out to our students?Including pictureshttp://chimprawk.blogspot.com/2006/01/student-life-on-facebook.htmlResearch Conducted at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
The following slides will be part of the presentation to be given to students at summer orientationDiversity College
Online Social Network CommunityFACEBOOK
What is Facebook? An online directory that connects people through social networks at schools
It was launched to the public on Wednesday, February 4th, 2004
Why do students use Facebook? Meet new people from school and classes Keep in touch with friends Post pictures of the college life To identify with specific groups
What are the different aspects of Facebook? Profile picture Additional pictures A descriptive profile Contact information Personal information Professional information
Photo albums Groups Message Wall List of friends from school List of friends from other schools Message Wall
What are the different aspects of Facebook?
What kind of face do you present? What type of pictures are posted for your profile and albums? What type of groups do you identify with? How much personal information have you provided? How much contact information have you made available? Is your class schedule posted? Album 1At DisneyAlbum 2ConcertAlbum 3Game Night
I dont smoke pot groupCampus Activities GroupAlpha Kappa Psi Group
How safe is your face? Identity theft keep passwords safe and to self Personal information falling into the wrong hands may lead to stalking Set privacy levels so only those you approve may see your profile Do not accept people to be your friends if you do not know them Incriminating pictures posted may lead to embarrassment, or worst school sanctions if picture depicts an illegal action EXAMPLE: Students posted pictures of themselves online rushing the field after a game and were discovered by university police (Chronicle of higher ed-pg 38 vol. 52 no 20) EXAMPLE: Georgia college campus police officers browse Facebook daily (Chronicle of higher ed-pg 38 vol. 52 no 20) If inappropriate pictures are posted, remove the tag from the picture so it is not visible through your profile, and ask who posted the picture to remove it
Simply click hereRemoving a tag from a picture
Safety First!Setting Privacy LevelHelpsProtectYour privacy
Facebook is YOUR Responsibility Your safety while on Facebook is ultimately your responsibility Take the advice presented today to keep yourself save while enjoying the many benefits of Facebook
The following slides will be part of tutorial students must complete, along with an assessment of skills, in order to accessthe schools computer system. Diversity College
Face the TutorialOur tutorial will consist of a mock Facebook. Our students will be given a problem and a number of solutions. They will be asked to solve each of the problems with any of the given solutions. This learning technique encompasses Kolbs theory on Experiential Learning. Many of our students have gained knowledge through reflective observation (RO) in the orientation session on Facebook. The tutorial will assist students in the active experimentation (AE) process of incorporating these ideas into action. Using this model students will gain the concrete experience (CE) to be successful in actively participating in these online communities.
(Evans et al., 1998)
SAMPLE LAYOUT FOR ONLINE TUTORIALDear Students, You are responsible for your online safety as well as your responsibility to respect all online communities while you are a student at Diversity College. In order to use internet access on campus, please take the below tutorial which will be of much help to you as you enter the world wide web.
Problem: Youre receiving unwanted wall postings.Solution: Block any person using their login e-mail address on the My Privacy Page or Limit the people who can find you in searches to friends only
The Problem: You find an explicit, hateful or otherwise objectionable profile on Facebook.
The Solution: You can anonymously report offensive profile pictures and content by clicking on the "Report this Person" button (located under the profile's picture). You will be asked to specify the offensive content. Facebook will review your complaint and act accordingly.
The Problem: Someone has posted an objectionable photo on Facebook.
The Solution: You can anonymously report photos that violate our terms of service (i.e. pornography or copyrighted images) by clicking on the "Report This Photo" button below the picture. Facebook will monitor these complaints and take down photos as necessary. It is not a violation of Facebook terms of service to post a photo that is unflattering .
After Mock FacebookStudents must take a final quiz to redeem their e-certificate of completion. Questions will be a computation of the orientation session as well as information given in the tutorial.Format of the test will be 10 multiple choice question in which a student must receive a minimum of 80% to begin using internet access on campus.These questions will address the following areas:What to do in case a student is harassed/ threaten onlineHow to keep a students information secure from hackersWho is on Facebook and what does that mean to the student
Facebook tutorial questionWhat can you do if you are a victim of online harassment?What level of privacy is your profile automatically set at when the profile is first created?Where can you post messages on Facebook?True of false: You should put complete contact information in your profile.True of false: Identity theft should be a concern for you.True or false: University officials do not look at Facebook profiles.If a picture of you is tagged, what can you do to take the picture off from your profile?True or False: Once you create an account, you cannot deactivate the account.Who cannot create a profile on Facebook?True or false: No matter the privacy level set, only your friends can view your profile.
Assessment of our Practices A vital part of our work will be continually revisiting the effectiveness of our program. We recognize that technology is constantly changing and that new issues may arise. Though Facebook is currently a favorite social network community among our students, new communities may emerge on the web.
To achieve this goal we will:
Have students assess the online tutorial with a few questions about its effectiveness posted at the end.Conduct an email survey at mid-semester in the fall. Gather focus groups to obtain supportive qualitative information on first year students experiences with online communities.
As student affairs professionalsit is our duty, as well as our pleasure, to assist our students in their development. This development includes responsible social development. Facebookis a great tool for students to use for their social development.Therefore, we must prepare our students for this tool so that they may be empowered to succeed while at Diversity College andthereafter.
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