Facebook has been fantastically successful
and, whatever you may hear from the New Labour Safeguarding Nannies,
it is the first place most students check whenever they go on-line.
Lots of tutors are now doing the same too!
It is a very familiar environment and makes sharing notes, photos,
links and the like very simple. If you think about it, that's exactly
what you may well be wanting to publish for a course and Facebook
has a whole range of facilities for doing just that. You don't have
to share all your personal stuff either, nor do students.
As an experiment I set up a
web tools page a year or two ago. It's nothing great but maybe
it will show another side of the much-maligned application.