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Submitted by Ralph828
Posted Oct 29 2012 08:33 AM
Yes, Web 2.0 technologies and a sense of community is important for learning. These sites allow students to interact, in classes or as informal learners, to create a community online. The technologies assist in knowledge sharing and collaboration with other students. Web 2.0 technology such as Wiki allows interaction by "instructors for posting course information or lecture notes and inviting participation from students" ( Anderson, page 156 ) and the notes can be redistributed. In addition, Wikis can encourage interaction through participation in the classroom by allowing each student to contribute and share knowledge through adding notes, comments and peer editing. According to Elliott (2008), a wiki can be used as a way for learners in the class to collaborate - share job aids, best practices, tips, definitions, etc.
Web 2.0 media can also be used to broadcast information in an organization which in turn allows for interaction. Moreover, Web 2.0 technologies can be used as interactive tool through the sharing of best practices and recent updates. Web 2.0 technologies can also be used to engage former learners and prospective learners by asking for their feedback on courses and programs. This candid feedback will engage the Universities in the continuous improvement of learning in their School. Furthermore Web 2.0 technologies can be used to establish a community of practice where learners can share ideas, leading practices, etc. Web 2.0 technologies such as facebook can also help create strong and weak links through friends and acquaintances which in turn help in learning.
In addition, Web 2.0 technologies such as blogging can be used in knowledge sharing and according to Elliott (2008) "Blogs can also be used by teachers for assigning coursework, and serve as a place for students to submit their work. Course announcements and annotated links to readings, along with advice on how to approach their studies, can also be delivered using blogs" ( Anderson, T page 154 ).
To conclude, I think web 2.0 technologies and a sense of community can foster learning through engagement and participation. Web 2.0 has been designed in a way that it fosters learning, by allowing us to better work with colleagues and friends.
1. Anderson, T (Eds), (2008), The Theory and Practice of Online Learning [AU Library version] Retrieved on Oct 14, 2012 from http://www.aupress.c...hp/books/120146