Facebook has become a widespread social network site around the world. According to statistics there are over 1.6 billion monthly active Facebook users, and also more than 1 billion people log on to Facebook daily. In Europe, it is estimated that over 300 million people are actively using Facebook. Facebook's userfriendliness attracts educators, especially for online learning, to use it for educational purposes. Use of Facebook may break the walls of a classroom to a wider audience which is dynamic. Facebook allows educators to gather information about the users in a specific group via API's, so that the educator can create state of the art analytics about their students and their interactions about specific subject given in the course material via Facebook. Some research show that social network sites enable students to interact with one another, build a sense of community, develop content, as well as require students to be active in their own learning through participating, thinking, and contributing. Anadolu University Open and Distance Education System is the first institution in Turkey that offers higher education through contemporary distance education model. Articles 5 and 12 of the Law no. 2547, regulating the Turkish Higher Education and adopted on November 6, 1981, allowed Turkish universities to offer continuous and open education. In 1982, the Faculty of Open Education of Anadolu University was officially appointed by the Higher Education Council as the institution responsible for offering continuous and open education.

Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2016)

  • Date of Conference: 14-17 November 2016
  • DOI: 10.2053/LICE.2016.0057
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-76-6
  • Conference Location: Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel, UK