In recent years, it has become evident that students have been setting up Facebook groups for their Mathematics and Statistics classes. However, these groups have tended to be somewhat exclusive and have not always been open to all students registered for the classes. The aim of this project is to set up a more inclusive Facebook group which can be used as a form of peer assisted learning (PAL). In particular, it will serve as a platform for academic communication between the students and help to smooth the transition from school to University for new 1st year students and to later years for returning students.
Staff were members of the Facebook group and were able to
Benefits for students:
Getting staff to engage with social media and see it as a way of communicating with students more effectively than using email or Myplace.
It is difficult to make more use of this media as there are still some student (very few) who do not use Facebook and therefore were never signed up.