Resources for teaching online
Web 2.0 is a term used to refer to a "second" version of the world wide web, a more social web that contrasts with the Web 1.0 model of hyperlinked content (O'Reilly, 2005; Anderson, 2007). While there is no agreed definition, Web 2.0 is marked by characteristics that include participation, collaboration and content sharing, and services that are based on the Web (or "cloud"). It encompasses terms such as social media, social networking and the read/write Web.
Examples are wikis and blogs for collaboration and journal writing, image and video sharing, podcasts social bookmarking, virtual worlds, personalised learning spaces, and so on (McGee and Diaz 2007).
La Trobe University recommends guidance and support for students' use of social media.
There are many potential uses and benefits for the educational use of the read/write Web to enhance learning. Social media:
- offers tools and pedagogical approaches to support the development of graduate capabilities including writing, inquiry/research, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and team work.
- enables resource sharing for student and teachers, and stimulates discussion around student work.
- enables work spaces which are private to participants or group members.
- offers adaptable online spaces for individual or collaborative group projects in university settings and in workplaces.
- enables development of personalized learning environments to foster active, independent learning (Goodyear, 2002), collaboration through, student generated content (Wheeler, 2010), authentic learning (Herrington, Oliver & Herrington, 2007), and learning communities (Brook &Oliver, 2003; Garrison & Arbaugh, 2007).
External Web 2.0 services
- Edublogs is dedicated for educational blogging. See 10 ways to use your edublog to teach.
- Google docs, for collaboration on documents.
- Flickr is an image sharing website, for uploading images either publicly or to selected viewers.
- Vimio is a video sharing website.
- VoiceThreads allows participants to collaborate and share audio, video and documents, and share digital stories.
- Peerwise "supports students in the creation, sharing, evaluation and discussion of assessment questions"
- Votapedia: An audience response system that uses mobile phones, built as a CSIRO Project.
- La Trobe guide to Votapedia
- Wikieducator, a community for development of free content for e-learning
Educational uses of Web 2.0
- Teaching with Web 2.0
- Learning in Networks of Knowledge, An ALTC project on using Web 2.0 technologies.
- Learning To Teach Online Episodes. ALTC & UNSW project.
- Jenny Waycott and Judy Sheard, (2011). Editorial 27(5): Preface to the Special issue Assessing students' Web 2.0 activities in higher education; Pages iii-ix.
- Crisp, G. Rethinking assessment in a participatory digital world - Assessment 2.0. An ALTC supported project.
- Elliott, B. (2007). E-assessment: What is Web 2.0? Glasgow: Scottish Qualifications Authority.
- Salmon, G. & Keppell, M. (2010).Tutoring On-line. The Association for Learning Technology wiki.
- Matthew Allen, A guide to the top Web 2.0 applications for learning and teaching
- Social media: A guide for researchers, UK guide and associated resources online:
- Terry Judd, Gregor Kennedy and Simon Cropper, (2010). Using wikis for collaborative learning: Assessing collaboration through contribution. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(3), 341-354.
- M. Gosper; M. McNeill; R. Phillips; G. Preston; K. Woo; D. Green, (2010). Web-based lecture technologies and learning and teaching: a study of change in four Australian universities. ALT Journal, 18, (3).
- Anderson, P. (2007). What is Web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education. JISC Technology & Standards Watch, February. [viewed 1 Apr 2008, verified 21 Feb 2010].
- Brook, C. and Oliver, R. (2003). Online learning communities: Investigating a design framework. Australian Journal of Educational Technology. 19(2), 139-160.
- Garrison, D., & Arbaugh, J. (2007). Researching the community of inquiry framework: Review, issues, and future directions. The Internet and Higher Education, 10, 157 – 172.
- Goodyear, P. (2002) "Psychological Foundations of Networked Learning," in Steeples, C. & Jones, C. (eds) Networked Learning. London, New York: Springer.
- Herrington, J. Oliver, R. & Herrington, A. (2007). Authentic learning on the web: Guidelines for course design, in Khan, B (ed), Flexible learning in an information society. Information Science Publishing, Hershey PA, 2007, 26-35.
- McGee, P. and Diaz, V. (2007) Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs! Oh, My What is a Faculty Member Supposed to DO? Educause Review,September/October.
- Wheeler, S. (2010). Using Wikis in Teacher Education: Student-Generated Content as Support in Professional Learning. In Lee, M., & McLoughlin, C. (eds.) (2010). Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global, pp. 180-191.
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