Facebook’s ‘Groups for Schools,’ a collaboration tool allow people with an active school email address to join groups at their college or university.
“Groups for Schools can only be join by students and faculty of a college or university. When you join a group within the school community, you can share files, create events, message other members and stay up-to-date on what’s happening around campus.
You can join a group for your major to discuss classes, for your sorority to plan upcoming events, or for your dorm to share photos,” Facebook said.
Also, the social networking compan today introducing “file sharing” for these groups, to make it even easier to share lecture notes, sports schedules or class assignments.
“With Files, you can share lecture notes, assignments, schedules and many other file types with members of a school group. Anyone in a school group can upload and download files within that group,” explains Facebook.
Any member of a school group can upload or download files by just clicking an “Upload File” button above the news feed. It accepts files up to 25mb in size, but no .exe files are permitted to prevent malicious programs from going viral. Other students can download the files straight from the news feed. If you upload a revised version of a file, the previous version of the file will still be available,” Facebook explains.
To avoid legal issues, Facebook monitors for and disallows copyrighted files, so this won’t become your new source for MP3s and pirated movies, and leaves a somewhat sketchy gap for Dropbox to fill.
Groups for Schools will gradually be rolling out to colleges and universities around the world. You can sign up to find out when it will be available at your school.
To learn more about how to use Groups at Schools, visit the Help Center.