Not totally new, but I just came acroos this item:
Baran, B. (2010) "Facebook as a formal instructional environment." British Journal of Educational Technology, 41 (6), E146–E149.
This has a brief evaluation of an intervention using Facebook as the focus for a class, including for assessment. There was positive feedback from students on a number of aspects, although some felt that it wasn't appropriate as a site for asssessment, and a small minority thought it wasn't appropriate for a teacher to have a social Facebook profile.
Some other items which are cited (I haven't looked at them) are:
- Madge, C., Meek, J., Wellens, J. & Hooley, T. (2009). "Facebook, social integration and informal learning at University: it is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work." Learning, Media and Technology, 34(2), 141–155.
- Selwyn, N. (2009). "Faceworking: exploring students' education-related use of Facebook." Learning, Media and Technology, 34(2), 157–174.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Forth Bridge, June 2011