Student faces expulsion for Facebook study group, from Slashdot. (The original article is from the Toronto Star.)
Basically, it's what it sounds like from the headline -- a student, Chris Avenir, started a group for discussing one of his classes on Facebook, and is now being charged with 147 counts of academic misconduct for doing so. The Slashdot comments are surprisingly insightful; basically we hear people point out that in the end you learn a lot more from talking to other people than from working in isolation anyway.
I'm not sure how I feel about the actual case in question. The "147 counts" sounds like trumped-up charges (and besides, how can they punish him 147 times?), but as some people have pointed out, certainly meaningful collaboration wasn't taking part in that large of a group. This is something I've felt when I've worked with groups on assignments, although in the end I rarely work with groups because either I feel that the other people in the group are bringing less to the table than me (and then I feel bitter that I'm doing their work for them) or are bringing more to the table than me (and then I feel guilty for sponging off of them). But I certainly am okay with the idea of people working in groups, both in classes that I'm taking and in classes that I'm teaching. Note that this is just my attitude towards collaboration in classes. My attitude towards collaboration in actual research is not well-formed yet.