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The Chemistry of Facebook: Using Social Networking to Create an Online Community for the Organic Chemistry
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Innovate: Journal of Online Education Volume 5, Number 4, ISSN 1552-3233

Abstract

What impact can Web 2.0 technologies, specifically social networking sites, have inside and outside the classroom? While participation within the Facebook community has grown exponentially across college campuses, participation in course-specific WebCT discussion forums has not necessarily followed suit. In response to this disparity, Jacob Schroeder and Thomas J. Greenbowe created a Facebook group for Iowa State University students who were enrolled in a one-semester undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory, hoping to provide a more dynamic environment for communication among students and the course instructor. A comparison of student usage of the Facebook group with the WebCT discussion forums suggests that students use Facebook more dynamically than they use WebCT's discussion functions. (Contains 10 figures and 1 table.)

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Schroeder, J. & Greenbowe, T.J. (2009). The Chemistry of Facebook: Using Social Networking to Create an Online Community for the Organic Chemistry. Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 5(4),. Retrieved June 19, 2021 from .

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