Check your timetable on teacher's wall

Published: Jan 18, 2011, 08:29 IST | Kumar Sourav and Vatsala Shrangi

Social media is replacing traditional notice board

Social media is replacing traditional notice board

Notice boards are passe; Teachers now prefer the Facebook wall, Tweets and other status update tools on social networking portals to reach out to their students.

On the wall:  A Facebook page of a teacher shows the response of 
students to the announcement made here regarding lecture timings.

'All 11th and 12th standard students (all sections) will have regular classes from 9 to 2. Attendance compulsory,' read a post on the wall of an English teacher employed at a school in Safdarjung Enclave. 
"A student can still miss the wall on which the notice has been put up (in school), but there is no way he or she will miss the Facebook wall. So why not use it as a tool to communicate? Plus, when the students find us on Facebook, they don't stereotype us as 'creatures from old-school of thoughts'," points out Anubhav Lamba, a teacher and owner of an institute.

Agrees Nityesh Bhatt, senior faculty with Nirma Institute of Management (NIM): "The world is on Facebook, so are we and the ones whom we teach. So what is the problem in connecting with them the way they like it. Notice boards have limitations. They can't be accessed on the move but the moment I post something on my wall, the alert is sent out to all the students in my friend list, which is fast and effective. Besides, there's no time barrier." 

"Most of the times when we have our long leaves before Board exams, schedules for extra classes are set on Facebook posts. We are well connected with our teachers here," said Manvi Arora, class XII student, Modern School, Barakhamba Road. This method of communication has also led to the breaking of the ice between teachers and the students. Many professors across colleges in Delhi University (DU) who like to play it cool and share a personal rapport with the students find Facebook posts and Tweets a better medium to keep them informed of the routine and the frequent changes in it.

"Now shifting of classes and held back lectures are updated with their timings on what we call the Faceboard. All the information  about practice sessions, seminars and assemblies appears on the posts," said Vikas Sinha, a mass communication student, Maharaja Agrasen College. 

"I don't think Facebooking is a waste of time. Being a teacher, you are disseminating valuable information to a thousand people. I think it is healthy and perfectly normal. It is such a powerful medium, why not make use of it. Nobody reads notice boards in college these days, it has rather become an old forgotten board of a government office," said Saikat Ghosh, Prof. English Literature, Khalsa College.

Many teachers also said that the time table is found in tatters after a few days of it being put up on notice board. "It is better to catch hold of students on Facebook where they are happy and don't think of us as nagging. Updates of classes and tutorials run fast here and are circulated among the students at an unbelievable speed," said Swaha Malik, Prof. Economics, Hansraj College. 

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