The Net Generation (those born in or after 1980) rely heavily on ICTs for social and professional interactions, and it has been suggested that they have the expectation that technology will be an integral part of their education. At the same time, it is argued that Facebook has educational potential, and that today's learners should be encouraged and supported to use Web 2.0 technologies for learning in formal education. However, there is growing evidence that the value of Facebook in the educational context does not relate to formal learning at all, but to the ‘social networking’ elements of the site. This Viewpoint article discusses the results of a study to explore students' views towards the use of Facebook in the university setting, especially with regard to learning and integration into university life. The findings suggest support for informal rather than formal learning use of Facebook within the university setting.
Paulo Simões's insight:
It always was my belief.
I think we should use "Facebook format tools", and not Facebook by itself.
"The present study indicates that caution must be used when integrating such technologies into the learning environment. Despite the benefits acknowledged by students of using Facebook as a communication tool and to help integration into university life, it is apparent from this study that the majority of students do not want Facebook used for formal learning."