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Gabriela Grosseck Cie May 2007 Bucharest

Web 2.0 has been, during the last years, one of the most fashionable words for a whole range of evolutions regarding the Internet. Although it was identified by the current analysts as the key technology for the next decade, the actors from the educational field do not really know what Web 2.0 means. They have different descriptions/definitions for blog, wiki, podcast, RSS, etc. This paper explores some of the current uses of Web 2.0 tools in education and discusses some of their advantages and disadvantages. The paper concludes with an invitation addressed to the educational actors to use these tools in teaching and learning.
The photos are from Flickr (last slide shows the links)

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Gabriela Grosseck Cie May 2007 Bucharest

  1. 1. Web 2.0 In Higher Education: Opportunities And Challenges Gabriela Grosseck West University of Timisoara grosseck.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is Web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>O pportunities and limitations </li></ul><ul><li>H ow does Web 2.0 apply to education ? </li></ul><ul><li>Some conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. W E B 2.0 ??????????????????????????
  4. 4. T he social use of the Web
  5. 5. al low people to collaborate
  6. 6. T o get actively involved in creating conten t
  7. 7. T o generate knowledge
  8. 8. T o share information online
  9. 9. T he user controls / creates his / her personal data and information
  10. 10. Blog Wikis RSS Social bookmarking Podcasting Social networking Let’s talk about WEB 2.0 technologies …
  11. 11. Advantages <ul><li>reduction of costs </li></ul><ul><li>flexibility , as far as the possibility of choosing technologies is concerned </li></ul><ul><li>easier and faster access to information , when and where it is needed </li></ul><ul><li>the integration of a variety of technologies in the teaching-learning activities </li></ul>
  12. 12. Advantages <ul><li>extensive opportunities of information and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>possibility to control access to resources by authenticating users </li></ul><ul><li>sharing accumulated experiences and resources </li></ul><ul><li>independence from the platform </li></ul><ul><li>compatibility with the elements of the educational field and the existing contextual dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>the low level of complexity needed for use ( minimum skills in using the Internet) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Advantages <ul><li>reliability in continuous usage </li></ul><ul><li>redistribution of effort, so that less and less time and energy are spent during search and information management </li></ul><ul><li>the increase in number of modalities of use and the heterogeneity of didactic practices and of types of formation </li></ul><ul><li>the possibility to test the existing didactic practices, without great changes in the current modus operandi </li></ul><ul><li>the major focus on didactic innovation , and not on the technology per se </li></ul><ul><li>creating digital content </li></ul>
  14. 14. Disadvantages <ul><li>an Internet connection is required </li></ul><ul><li>it hides behind it a sum of technologies and concepts which are still insufficiently defined </li></ul><ul><li>it is based on Ajax </li></ul><ul><li>it determines variations of interpretation between types of browsers </li></ul><ul><li>it offers free things , in open-source structures, with a rather vague significance </li></ul>
  15. 15. Disadvantages <ul><li>it leads to a low quality of the actual content </li></ul><ul><li>it promotes amateurishness by invaluable contents generated by users </li></ul><ul><li>it gives everyone the opportunity to complain, thus creating a community without rules ; </li></ul><ul><li>it has monetary quantification (the Internet as a business - Google); </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>it is a kind of second-hand Web </li></ul><ul><li>it has limited security </li></ul><ul><li>the speed of programs is incomparably lower than the one of desktop programs </li></ul><ul><li>it doesn’t mean anything per se, it is just electronic junk </li></ul><ul><li>the extremely diversified offer of technologies </li></ul><ul><li>time and knowledge invested in the Web 2.0 technologies </li></ul>Disadvantages
  17. 17. Some e ducational applications of Web2.0 tools BLOGS: Blogger <ul><li>real-world writing experien ces </li></ul><ul><li>pull class blogs together </li></ul><ul><li>quickly give feedback </li></ul><ul><li>students use peer networks to develop their own knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>update new information </li></ul><ul><li>using comments </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>student projects </li></ul><ul><li>collaborating on ideas </li></ul><ul><li>organizing documents and resources </li></ul><ul><li>presentation tool </li></ul><ul><li>group research project for a specific idea </li></ul><ul><li>manage school and classroom documents </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative handout for students </li></ul><ul><li>classroom discussion and debate area </li></ul><ul><li>place to aggregate web resources </li></ul>Some e ducational applications of Web2.0 tools WIKIS: Wikispaces
  19. 19. <ul><li>professional development </li></ul><ul><li>time saving </li></ul><ul><li>updated information in my teaching area </li></ul><ul><li>information coming from constraining sources </li></ul><ul><li>sharing my work with other educators </li></ul><ul><li>replace traditional email mailing lists, reducing email overload </li></ul><ul><li>used to keep course specific webpages current and relevant </li></ul>Some e ducational applications of Web2.0 tools RSS: Google Reader / Bloglines
  20. 20. <ul><li>create a set of resources </li></ul><ul><li>conduct research and share that research with my peers </li></ul><ul><li>track author and book updates </li></ul><ul><li>groups of students doing a classroom project sharing their bookmarks, I subscribed to their RSS feed to see the direction of their research </li></ul><ul><li>rate and review bookmarks to help with students decide on usefulness of resources </li></ul><ul><li>setup a group tag in order to share educational resources </li></ul><ul><li>share one del.icio.us account between a number of different subject specific educators in order to share resources with each other etc. </li></ul>Some e ducational applications of Web2.0 tools Social bookmarking: del.icio.us
  21. 21. Conclusions? <ul><li>I hope that all the actors from the educational field (teachers, tutors, trainers, administrators, or those responsible for policies) will find the Web 2.0 technologies efficient and promising both for the educational process and for self development </li></ul>
  22. 22. Photos from Flickr, CC licence <ul><li>Slide 1 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=83087299&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniele_m/496435189/ </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 3 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=88542281&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=l </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 4 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=299474455&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 5 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=376450972&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 6 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=312460637&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 7 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=467935625&size=l </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 8 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=256508934&context=set-72157594306024718&size=l </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 9 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=188111704&size=oa51 </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 10 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=209772715&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 11 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=199807972&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 12 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=136055333&size=l </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 13 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=454582037&size=l </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubys_moon/88915001/ </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 15 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=386333350&size=l </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 16 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=274003887&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 17 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=24407028&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 18 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=103796721&size=l </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 19 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=158043265&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=o </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 20 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=29006844&size=l </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 21 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=107215316&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=l </li></ul>