In response to abundant interest from TCCTA members, the association will sponsor two seminars on Facebook at the annual convention. Facebook is a global social networking Web site that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users typically add selected friends, send them messages, and update their own personal profiles to notify individuals or groups about themselves or matters of common concern.
The seminars will be offered on Friday, March 5, beginning at 2:30 p.m., at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Room locations will be printed in the convention program, which is distributed at registration.
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with his college roommates and fellow students at Harvard University. The site has since grown steadily to more than 350 million active users worldwide, and is now used by individuals and organizations as a networking tool that extends far beyond socializing in its utility.
TCCTA maintains a Facebook presence, which is accessible from the home page of the association’s Web site at www.tccta.org.
The first seminar, planned for 2:30, offers “Facebook 101,” and will be presented by David Sorrells, associate professor of English at Lamar State College–Port Arthur. Dr. Sorrells will provide a basic introduction, paying particular attention to how to “build” a Facebook page, how to maintain an appropriate level of privacy, how to upload images, and other basic functions of participation.
The second session, at 4:00, will concern “Social Media Engagement,” with Ashley Cruseturner, instructor of history at McLennan Community College.
Topics for consideration at this session will include various issues related to effective online networking with colleagues, students, and friends. Practical advice will be offered to help insure users that the new tool provides experiences that are entertaining and productive.
More convention information is available here.