October – 2012

Facebook Groups as LMS: A Case Study

Hagit Meishar-Tal (1), Gila Kurtz (2), and Efrat Pieterse (1)
(1) The Open University of Israel, (2) The College for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel


This paper describes a pilot study in using Facebook as an alternative to a learning management system (LMS). The paper reviews the current research on the use of Facebook in academia and analyzes the differences between a Facebook group and a regular LMS. The paper reports on a precedent-setting attempt to use a Facebook group as a course Web site, serving as a platform for delivering content and maintaining interactions among the students and between the students and the instructor. The paper presents findings from the students’ self-assessments and reflections on their experience. The students expressed satisfaction with learning in Facebook and willingness to continue using these groups in future courses.

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