Published: April 5, 2015
By: Shauli Bar-On
Let’s face it, sometimes we need help from our fellow classmates when teachers aren’t clear in their instructions… or forget to tell a certain period key details necessary for the completion of an assignment.
The best way to obtain this information is to make a Facebook group for the classes you feel you will need the most help and clarifications in.
It is important to understand the difference between cheating and seeking help. These groups are not meant to transport test material and homework answers. First of all, that would be an awful idea given that any student in the group can show your cheating actions to the administration and mess up your permanent record. Secondly, it’s just wrong.
These groups should be meant for questions such as “Hey guys, when’s the experiment 9 postlab due?” or “Can someone explain the metaphor on page 117 to me?”
There are benefits and drawbacks in allowing alumni of a class to join the groups. Since they already took the class, it can be considered borderline cheating if you ask them for help.
If you are the group creator, make sure you update the description before inviting all your classmates. The group description should have the spamming policies, ejection policies, and should clearly indicate that the group is not meant for cheaters and for the delivery of test material.
The group should not make fun of the teacher either. It is very easy for students’ posts to be screenshotted or passed on and they will eventually reach the teacher or the school deans. Keep the group professional.
In most cases, it is best not to be the group administrator and to allow one of your classmates to make the group. You can then be a group member.
That way, you get all the group’s benefits and you can leave the group at any time should you choose to.