Thursday, May 3, 2007

Crossing Boundaries: Student/Faculty Relationships on the Facebook

Crossing Boundaries: Identity Management and Student/Faculty Relationships on the Facebook

Anne Hewitt and Andrea Forte
GVU Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
TSRB, 85 5th Street
Atlanta, GA 30332-0760,

This poster describes preliminary results from an ongoing investigation of student/faculty relationships in the online community Facebook. In spring of 2006, a survey was conducted in two large courses at a mid-sized public research university to understand how contact on Facebook was influencing student perceptions of faculty. We found that contact on Facebook had no impact on students’ ratings of professors. We found it striking that one third of the students we surveyed did not believe that faculty should be present on the Facebook at all. Some raised concerns about identity management and privacy issues. We discuss the implications of these findings and the potential for further research in the area.

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Poster for CSCW 2006, the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, November 4-8, Banff, Alberta, Canada

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