Facebook.com at Diversity College. Hannah Brown Jenn Christ Gwen Schimek Sara Sheikh Advisor: Dave McKelfresh Colorado State University. Diversity College: Overview of Issues. Why is this presentation important?.
Advisor: Dave McKelfresh
Colorado State University
Why is this presentation important?
Based on recent negative events taking place on campus regarding the use of Facebook.com, we, as an institution, need to focus on ways to ensure our students’ safety and create a welcoming physical and online community. Many students are unaware of current safety issues and appropriate conduct and have no formal way of learning about them. We also recognize that students need to be able to take responsibility to promote and maintain this environment. It is our duty to promote citizenship and integrity within our students. If we are slowly becoming a global institution, we need to decide what messages we want to send about our school and students’ reputation. We also need to determine the universities responsibilities associated with one’s right to privacy and duties to do no harm.
While it is impossible not to address online communities with the vast number of students who are using this technology, we find we can offer educational sessions that can help develop student awareness and strong decision making skills.
In order to provide basic information regarding Facebook.com, we developed a student presentation and tutorial for our students. As a campus that carries on traditions, we must also start new ones when our institution is faced with a new challenge—like the increasing use of Facebook.com.
In choosing to address this information, we found timing to be highly important. Wanting to address students upon their arrival to this higher education institution, we have determined orientation and signing in to the computer system as being two times where we can easily access students to share information. In approximately 90 minutes, we hope to provide helpful hints, tips, and the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing such online communities.
Recognizing the diverse needs of students regarding learning, we are choosing to provide this information orally, visually, and in written format while utilizing as much technology as possible. In creating an atmosphere demonstrating both wide numbers of students and administrators dedicated to this topic on our campus, representatives from Information Technology, the Division of Student Affairs, police, a local business, and the student body will address this issue on a panel during orientation. It is our hope that with this information, events such as what happened last spring will not continue to happen on Diversity College’s campus.
Orientation Session Guidelines:
Student Affairs and DCPD
at Diversity College Orientation
Creates a venue to violate policies or laws
Decreased involvement and interpersonal social contact
False sense of securityIssues Related to Facebook.com
You will be asked to go through a 20-30 minute tutorial focusing on Facebook.com the first time you sign onto an on-campus computer.
Tutorial Session Guidelines:
Information about the Tutorial:
The following tutorial has been created to help you continue to be safe at our institution. It has been designed to introduce you to some online methods of getting to know the Diversity College community.
Facebook.com or Myspace.com
The remainder of this tutorial will focus on Facebook.com for several reasons:
You can choose any information you wish to include on your Facebook.com page. However, when filling out the basic form, there is some standard information you are asked to share. You do not have to include any information you do not wish to share. Most students share at least some of the following information:
Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook.com, said: “We’re confident that our members are intelligent enough not to give out any personal information that they don’t want to be public.”
While there are a lot of positive measures associated with Facebook.com, there are also a lot of things to be concerned about. One thing that you want to be aware of is Facebook.com addiction.
A UCLA student shared:
“I use it before I go to class, after class, and sometimes even during class if I get a text message informing me that I’ve been the victim of a poking incident.”
Being online all of the time can affect things like your GPA. Don’t spend your life on Facebook.com, utilize it to stay in touch with friends, and not as your only method of knowing people.
Do you intend to register for Facebook.com?
Things to keep in mind:
Initiatives and Assessment
Ways to further awareness about Facebook.com issues:
Ways to assess our initiatives:
Facebook.com Initiatives Assessment
Using Facebook.com: Challenges and Benefits for Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff should keep in mind and seek understanding of the:
Using Facebook.com: Challenges and Benefits for Faculty and Staff
Judicial implications found within student Facebook.com profiles
Proposed Budget Estimations
Arrington, M. (2005 September 7). "85% of college students use facebook.“ TechCrunch. Retrieved 19 February 2006 from http://www.techcrunch.com/2005/09/07/85-of-college-students-use-facebook/
Association for Student Judicial Affairs (2005). Retrieved February 2006 from http://asja.tamu.edu/.
Barratt, W., Hendrickson, M., Stephens, A. & Torres, J. (2005). Thefacebook.com: Computer mediated social networking. Student affairs online. 6(1). Retrieved 4 February 2006 from http://www.studentaffairs.com/ejournal/Winter_2005/thefacebook.html
Bugeja, M.J. (27 January 2006). Facing the facebook: Unless we reassess our high-tech priorities, issues of student insensitivity, indiscretion, and fabrication will consume us. The chronicle of higher education. Retrieved 4 February 2006 from http://chronicle.com/weekly/v52/i21/21c00101.htm
Byrne, J. (12 December 2005). The MySpace generation. Business Week.
Christy, L. & Schmidt, A. (2005). How this relates 2u. Paperclip communications. Retrieved 6 February 2006 from http://www.paper-clip.com
Facebook. (2006). "Welcome to facebook." Retrieved 12 February 2006 from http://www.facebook.com
Hicks, R. (February 2006). facebook.com myspace.com. Presentation to Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services staff at Colorado State University.
Hurst, K. (2005, February 16). "Warning: You too could be addicted to facebook." Daily Bruin. Retrieved 12 February 2006 from http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?ID=32031
Mesloh, C, Thompson, F. & Laden, M. (January/February 2006). Virtual fun with real-world consequences. Campus safety magazine.
Myspace. (2006). "Myspace: A place for friends." Retrieved 12 February 2006 from http://www.myspace.com
Read, B. (20 January 2006). Think before you share: Students' online socializing can have unintended consequences. Chronicle of higher education. Retrieved 4 February 2006 from http://chronicle.com/weekly/v52/i20/20a03801.htm
Read, B. (2004 May 28). Have you 'facebooked' him? The chronicle of higher education. Retrieved 6 February 2006 from http://chronicle.com/weekly/v50/i38/38a02901.htm