Westminster has designed a unique, private edition of Facebook for our online learning community. We have taken "Workplace by Facebook," a new product for business communities, and converted it into a higher education platform for our program.
The result is an easy-to-use platform and amazing mobile apps, all private and entirely separate from the regular "Facebook" site. All faculty, students, and staff are connected here to discuss, share resources, engage in small groups, message and video chat, and more. As the student population grows, you’ll eventually find groups forming around student interests, job and ministry opportunities, alumni, and more.
How to setup your Westminster student Facebook account
All students will receive an email to your student account that indicates they have been invited into our online learning community. Simply click the link in the email to accept, set your password, and activate your account.
We encourage you to add a photo and set your profile with any info you would like to share with the community. You can always return to our Facebook community by visiting "wts.facebook.com" and signing in, or you can find the link on the Westminster Student Dashboard.
View your class group page
The Westminster staff will be responsible to add you to your course group at the beginning of each term, as well as to a second group dedicated to only your small group. Shortcuts to these are listed under "Teams & Projects" on the left panel.
You will use your course group to discuss class with the other students and faculty enrolled in the course. Post to the main news feed in the center, or choose individual people or groups to message privately on the right or with the chat feature.
Importantly, you will come to this course group on Facebook to see the posted discussion questions from faculty that are to be used for your face-to-face small group times. Your group will post its follow-up questions to the faculty member in the comments and see the faculty responses to your questions.
View your small group page
You will also be added to a small group of 4-5 students in each course for closer community and group projects. That group will also be listed under "Teams & Projects" on the left. Go there to introduce yourself to the group and discuss anything you need through the semester.
The Westminster student community Facebook apps are an excellent way to stay connected and communicate with peers and discussions. Note that you do not use the regular Facebook apps, but a special set listed below. Just sign in to these with the "Workplace by Facebook" account you setup at the beginning.
You may find this video tutorial helpful, but keep in mind that it is tailored for a business setting so some uses and features may not be relevant. View Facebook overview.
Q: Are the regular Facebook site accounts and the Westminster student Facebook community related in any way?
A: No. Your Westminster student Facebook account has nothing to do with Facebook.com, nor do you need a regular Facebook account to join our student community. Our community is in a separate location and a has separate sign-in account.
Q: Who should I follow? What is the purpose of "following"?
A: "Following" someone will cause that person's activity in Facebook to rise or linger toward the top your Activity Feed. You may also opt to receive notifications when someone you follow is active. This is a completely optional feature of Facebook.