A FEW WEEKS AGO, college students in Tipperary Institute placed chairs and desks around common areas with descriptions of college societies. At the time, I thought passersby might have also enjoyed learning about the vibrant online societies that occupy students' time. While at my desk (video at right), I've seen several online networks that attract a lot of interest from our third level students. You can find more accurate information about student profiles--especially on Facebook--than by looking at profile information kept by the academic services unit in my college. Facebook's Tipperary Institute group is a virtual hive of activity with students showcasing scratch work as it evolves. Some of the artistic endeavours percolate over to Deviant Art and Flickr where a whole new circle of followers hibernates. Then there's the unofficial campus radio station, found by listening to playlists on Last.fm and Blip.fm. I'm a fan of several playlist collections that a dozen different students have cobbled together. All these online networks involve meaningful contact outside classroom hours and in my mind, they deserve recognition as parts of extracurricular college life.
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