There are two ways (at least) to use Learning Management Systems and Web 2.0 applications/services. It can be a replacement for face to face teaching, or it can be a part of the overall teaching. Here at the Department of Computer Science (HiNe), blogs, Moodle, Slideshare, YouTube and Facebook are used in what is known as blended learning. These tools are used both in our distance education courses, and as a part of our face to face teaching in computer science. The important part in this use is the individual lecturers own ideas and knowledge of how to teach his/her courses, and it has to be “how to teach” that is the main focus when such tools are chosen. Another focus-point is what sort of tools and environments in cyberspace our students use. If our students use Facebook, then we also have to look into how to use this environment in our teaching.
For Social Informatics such environments as Facebook are of particular interest; – How do people of various ages utilize this tool? And what about privacy and security? These are only some of the questions a lecturer in Social Informatics can ask, together with his students, and using Facebook both as a lecture room and theme of study.