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1- Allows student to engage in both aspects of multimedia learning – learn through both verbal and visual channels.

–> learn from words via written communication with students/teachers/readings.

–> learn from pictures and videos through educational links to youtube or other online videos sites.


2- Allows communication between teachers and students, or between students, for important updates, or exchange of important information.

– communication can be live (chat), or done as an email –> private message or wall-post.

– students can access information and communicate with people to gather information from the comfort of their own home.

3 – Most students are already familiar with facebook, so they will be able to use it with ease for virtually any educational purpose.



1- Can Not be used in most school buildings, so if there is any confusion as to how to use a certain application, the issue can not be addressed live for demonstration with the teacher in front of the students.

2- Can be VERY distracting – students have so many other purposes for using facebook – games, socializing, gossip, following clubs/celebrities, viewing pictures, news, etc.  It can be very difficult to focus on school work on facebook with all these other things going on.  This can lead to cognitive overload of both channels in the form of incidental processing of information that may be completely irrelevant to the topic at hand – if not a total distraction.

3- May lead to cognitive overload – the type where the system is overloaded by the need to hold information in working memory.

–> For example, there may be narrative in the form of text on facebook explaining a video, or what to focus on when viewing the video, followed by a link to the video on youtube.  When the student views the video, he may get overloaded trying to remember what the video was about in the description, or exactly what to focus on.


Comments on: "Assignment #1 Part i … Pros and cons of Facebook" (1)

  1. good points.

    we’re going to be looking at a couple of services that try to leverage how facebook works – you can consider these points at that time and see how it works!

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