Wired Campus reports: British University Offers M.B.A. Courses on Facebook. From the article:
Facebook has changed the way students, faculty members, and administrators communicate outside the classroom. Now, with the introduction of the London School of Business & Finance’s Global MBA Facebook app, Facebook is becoming the classroom.
The Global MBA app—introduced in October—lets users sample typical business-school courses like corporate finance and organizational behavior through the social-networking site. The free course material includes interactive message boards, a note-taking tool, and video lectures and discussions with insiders from industry giants like Accenture Management Consulting and Deloitte. This may be a good way to market a school, notes an observer from a business-school accrediting organization, but it may not be the best way to deliver courses. . . .
The remainder of the Wired Campus article muses about the efficacy of Facebook as a venue for offering courses. More relevant to the future of learning is the small size of the unbundled nodes of “OER” (open educational resources) the article describes. In the networking structure of Facebook, a node (a lecture, a discussion with an expert) can have a life of its own. One node can show up in lots of different places and many patterns of other nodes. Nodes, in a real sense, friend each other. When that happens we get a glimpse of the emergent future of OER.