Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Trial by Facebook

Students' trial by Facebook | higher news | EducationGuardian.co.uk: "Oxford University staff are logging on to Facebook and using evidence they find on student profiles to discipline students."

I guess it was always going to happen and that it's a lesson in the fact that you should never put online what you wouldn't be happy to defend at some form of tribunal(!), but things like this just remind me what a funny old world we live in. We encourage students to become ICT literate as part of the skill set they should have... then, when they use their own initiative to take part, voluntarily, in a social network... employing those skills creatively, uploading images, connecting with others... WHOOMPH! Down on them like a ton of bricks. I imagine this is a headline grabber and a reminder that there is no such thing as privacy if your thoughts have left the space between your ears... but it would be interesting to hear how this situation worked out for these students in the end. Although if it is worked out in a common sense way, then it's not going to be 'shock horror' enough for the news, is it?

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