This one-session workshop is designed for students interested in learning about Facebook, a fun and easy online networking tool that allows users to find friends and family and communicate with them. Students will learn how to set up a basic personal profile, become familiar with the Facebook interface, and begin their search for friends and family.


Prerequisite: Please have basic computer skills before signing up for this course.


Class Outline:

  1. Signing up

    1. Make sure everyone has a working email address

    2. Do not need to provide all the information asked for (only submit what they feel comfortable submitting)

  2. Home page

  3. Newsfeed: the newsfeed is your connection to other people’s profiles

    1. Can be set on “Most Recent”: displays every story of your friends’ profiles as they are posted or “Top News”: Facebook chooses stories it thinks you will be interested in

      1. Explain different parts of Newsfeed and Home Page: Update status, add photo, menu bars at top and left sides, how to search for friends, how to navigate to other people’s profiles

  4. Profile Page

    1. Left Menu Bar:

  5. Wall

    1. Your status: what this means, how to add photos and links and how to post status

    2. Updates on your activity (things you “like”, new “friends”, posting on other’s walls)

    3. Wall posts and comments on posts made by your friends or you

    4. Info

      1. About You: types of information you want to include (security and privacy preferences)

    5. Edit Profile

  6. Photos

    1. Pictures that you have uploaded

    2. Your friends uploaded pictures in which you have been tagged (explain what tagging means)

    3.  You can remove tags of yourself if you want: explain how to do this

  7.  Applications

  8. Finding Friends

    1. Other people’s privacy settings will determine if you can find them on FB and how much of their profile you can see

    2. Using email addresses to look up

    3. Use names to look up

    4. How to send a request for friends and what this means

  9. Privacy Settings

    1. Account----- Privacy Settings

    2. This section of Facebook tends to change frequently

    3. What options you have for privacy and what they mean (i.e. public v. friends v. friends of friends v. custom (specific people or only me))

    4. Default privacy settings: for updates and photos you post

    5. How you connect: who can look up your profile by name or contact info, send friend requests or message, or write on your wall

    6. How tags work: profile and tag review, tag suggestions, etc.

    7. Apps and Websites

    8. Block lists: how to block individuals

    9. Resource to read more about FB privacy:


        1. Once something is posted, it is owned by Facebook and is “out there”, even if you delete it

        2. Job or co-worker bad-mouthing as well as compromising photos, videos etc. could cost you your job

        3. Make sure you are educated about privacy settings

        4. Do not feel obligated to accept all friend requests- you control the information you share and with whom you want to share it

        5. You have control over your online identity and it is a reflection of who you are personally and professionally

  10. How to upload photos, create events, create notes, upload videos.

    1. If you have time left, start showing a brief outline of each

  11. Questions



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