Posted by: MandyS | December 13, 2011

Activity 31.2 – positive aspects of Web 2.0 tools

Identify three examples of positive aspects of Web 2.0 tools or developments.

1. Information sharing – by means of blogs, wikis, social networking sites etc.  people can share any amount of information in any format e.g. audio, video text. Some of the advantages of this for education are: social bookmarking can be used to provide reading lists for students, which are easily accessed and updated; course materials can be provided in alternative formats to enhance the learning experience; encourages students to ‘read around’ a subject, share experiences and ‘spread ideas with each other rather than receiving the information from a single source’.

2. Collaboration – students can use the Web 2.0 tools to work together e.g. to produce documents, projects or solve problems. Students are actively involved in discussion, debate and the creation of content. Being able to collaborate with peers in this way means students can obtain and provide support and ultimately develop their own knowledge of a subject. Such collaboration can take place both asynchronously via blogs, wikis, forums or synchronously via tools such as Skype.

3. Community – for those students who are engaged in distance learning, web 2.0 tools are a means of fostering a community. Being able to communicate and interact in this can eleviate the isolation that students working alone at home may feel and provide a means of support. This is particularly so for disabled students who are prohibited by their disability from studying on campus.

References:

Odom, L. (2010) Mapping Web 2.0 Benefits to Known Best Practices in Distance Education DE Oracle@UMUC, online, http://deoracle.org/online-pedagogy/emerging-technologies/mapping-newly-identified-web2-benefits.html (accessed 13 December 2011)

Therwanger, E. (2010) Advantages and Disadvantages of Web 2.0 Technologies Innovative Den.com, online, http://www.innovativeden.com/blogs/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-web-2-0-technologies/ (accessed 13 December 2011)

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