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LearningStudio Facebook Likes

Facebook Likes in LearningStudio: User Experience Example

Using the JavaScript component and HTML code provided, the instructional designer inserts one or more Facebook Like buttons in a content item of a course. The component extracts the content item ID, course ID, and user ID from the session and links to a publicly accessible intermediate page (shown below) that Facebook can use to show information about the course.

When the student clicks the Like button on the page, the story will be added to their Facebook activity. Their individual privacy settings will determine how it is displayed to their friends; for most, the story that the student likes the content/course at your University should appear in their friends news feed. You can control the specific text of the story by customizing your intermediate page.

When the student’s friends click on the story in the news feed, they are taken to the public page that uses LearningStudio APIs to retrieve context information about the course and content. The Like button sent the necessary IDs to this page when the student clicked it, and those IDs follow the link in the newsfeed so the page can recreate the context at will.

While special HTML tags in this page give Facebook the information it needs to construct the news feed story, when a person visits the page they can be shown information that completes the marketing story about the student, course and institution.

To explore this idea more, download the source code from the PDN Github account:

https://github.com/PearsonDevelopersNetwork/Facebook-Likes-In-LearningStudio.git

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