The Facebook Study Groups application has gotten plenty of media attention in the past year, with 18 year-old freshman Chris Avenir being threatened with expulsion for creating an online learning system in the form of a Facebook Study Group.
The media ran with it, with headlines reading “Is Creating a Facebook Study Group Cheating?” and “Facebook Study Group Condemned by University.” However, these were misleading. After all, it wasn’t the learning system’s mere existence on Facebook that made it prohibited. It was its activities, which would have been forbidden on or offline.
The professor had instructed students to complete homework individually. To make matters worse, the invitation to the group read: “If you request to join, please use the forms to discuss/post solutions to the chemistry assignments. Please input your solutions if they are not already posted.”
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