Web 2.0 Based Learning Case Study


As I have spent the last 10 weeks studying Web 2.0 based learning, I whole heatedly agree that this type of instruction definitely takes much more time to develop, facilitate, and grade. This may be why I haven’t had any Web 2.0 based lessons as a graduate student until recently. The following video is a nice case study of a Social Informatics (Technology Impact) class taught by Lubna Alam at the University of Canberra. The instructor said, “I was using these tools in the unit as a way of how they (her students) can question the value of these tools by using the tools themselves.” This teaching strategy is very similar to my class at Florida State University which is taught by Dr. Vanessa Dennen. We have explored and had exposure to many Web 2.0 tools, our class has a twitter hashtag, and we have a class blog. Our assignments and projects incorporate the use of tools we have explored, and we’ve have definitely gotten the opportunity to know each other better because of interacting with these tools. We have to be prepared if we decide to use Web 2.0 for instruction. Ms. Alam provides the following helpful tips.

  • Decide how to integrate Web 2.o tools with learning.
  • Decide how to integrate Web 2.o tools with assessments.
  • Understand the limitations  of Web 2.0 tools in order to prepare students.
  • Set expectations for feedback.
  • Have a set of training material.
  • Have information sessions and help sessions.
  • Be prepared to provide constant assistance.

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Comments

  1. Yvette says

    Didn’t you find it somewhat ironic that they found learning to use Twitter, wikis and blogs overwhelming? Better not take “V’s” Web 2.0 class our they’ll have a panic attack, right?

    Have you decided on the topic of your performance support project and the tools are you using?

  2. Sarah says

    Although these platforms may take longer to create, I think the end product is much more useful for learning. Maybe it’s just me, but I enjoy learning using different resources. Simply reading a book, is fine if it’s interesting, but flipping through activities, readings, and videos holds my attention much longer.
    Great video.

  3. Katie says

    I think the key to using technology is to use it to advance a lesson rather than use it for the sake of using technology. A lot of times teachers in the secondary school get super excited to use technology to see it fail in practice because they aren’t using it for a purpose other than to use the technology itself. Kids (and adults) need a goal, like the bullet points mention, for assessment for technology integration to work. I think it pays off in the end!

    • Dewayne Jackson says

      Agreed. Using technology for technology’s sake is not worth it. Whatever tool is adopted should be used if it was adopted at the last minute. Student success is at stake. Use of the tool should be well though out before the term starts.

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