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Just in! Blackboard is joining the ever growing list of Facebook application providers. Based on a recent client email, I’m very happy to see that Blackboard is planning to provide some integration with Facebook, since social networking can provide some very powerful capabilities for enhancing connection, communication, and collaboration.
Classtop’s CourseFeed Facebook application was FIRST on the market, and currently more than 1,200 of GRCC students have added the application to their Facebook pages. CourseFeed does an excellent job of providing updates, announcements, what’s new, email notices, and even a course wall for classmates to exchange information with each other.
Apparently the tool is not yet available, which is disappointing – since I want to give it try! I’ve signed up for the webinar that Blackboard has set up to learn more. It will be interesting to see how this tool compares to CourseFeed. As I scan through Blackboard Sync Wiki, it looks like there will be some Scholar integration which would be a value added capability, compared to the CourseFeed application. Meanwhile, more information about Blackboard Sync is available here: http://www.blackboardsync.com/
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