Facebook has become not only a way to find old friends or learn about the weekend’s events, it is also an incredible learning tool, for students of healthcare and countless other topics. Teachers can utilize Facebook for class projects, for enhancing communication, and for engaging students in a manner that might not be entirely possible in traditional classroom settings. Be creating a page specifically for the class, managing the privacy settings to exclude outside visitors, and connecting the class blog or online learning homepage to Facebook, healthcare students have a relaxed, inviting atmosphere of learning that encourages participation and engagement.
Facebook encourages participation in class projects and class discussions where classroom learning often fails. Healthcare students could be instructed to follow current news feeds. There are dozens of pages related to the medical field, updated daily and broken down into sections for relevancy, keeping current information flowing through the class. With the wealth of information available to healthcare scholars, students can review assigned topics, then post their abstracts on Facebook for other students to read, discuss, and peer-review. An excellent way to ensure that healthcare students are more engaged in the learning experience—whether in a traditional classroom or at accredited online colleges—is by strengthening the communication between students and student-to-teacher.
Educators can create groups, schedule events, send messages, share multimedia, post class notes, make announcements, and post homework on Facebook, providing direct communication with instructors, facilitating classmate connections, and allowing shy students a way to communicate. Healthcare students can even practice doctor-patient communication and bedside manner through Facebook messaging and comments.
Facebook for education offers students the opportunity for active communication on a level playing field. Since students are likely familiar with Facebook already, implementing it into healthcare education and training provides comfortable, easy student access. Facebook promotes collaboration, teaches personal responsibility, and keeps schools current in many medical and professional fields.