Sunday, July 2, 2017

Facebook, an Online Learning Platform? - Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

New Facebook features intended for developers could, if expanded, turn the social networking site into an online learning platform. Facebook is testing new features in its developer community that, if rolled out across the platform, could let anyone on the social networking service teach online courses. Moderators of some Facebook groups listed as school or class have recently noticed that they can add course units that link to one another. As members of the groups work their way through the units, their efforts are tracked by a progress bar. The features are part of an initiative, known as Developers Circles, to connect local developers with one another that Facebook launched at this spring at its developers conference, F8. The company is working with online education provider Udacity to create training programs for developers who participate in the circles.

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