Thursday, December 16, 2010

Debate: Choices, Responsibilities, Friendships: Should My Teacher Be My Facebook Friend?

Facilitator: Dr. Rania Ibrahim, Dean, Students Affairs, Effat University
Graham Attwell, Director of Pontydysgu, UK
Dr. Kathleen Guillaume, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Effat University
Dr. Nazeeh Alothmany, Assistant professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept (Biomedical Option) at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah
Dr. Malak Al-Nouri, CS Faculty, Effat University
Hebah Al Omari, Student, Effat University, KSA
Farah Malla, IS Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Effat University

Day Two continues where Day One left off, beginning with a debate on whether students and teachers should be friends on facebook in addition to real life. Dr. Rania Ibrahim started the debate off with showing a video of students' and teachers' responses to this question in American high schools.

She then opened the floor to the invited speakers, three of which argued in support of, and three against, the motion.

Graham Attwell, Dr. Nazeeh Al-Othmany and Dr. Malak Al-Nouri all argued that since modes of learning have changed and democratised, universities and educational institutions are no longer the exclusive owners of knowledge, or knowledge production. Therefore, the world should welcome modes of social media knowledge production and dissemination, as they make information available to all.

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