The rise of Web 2.0 technologies is consistent with many societal trends, including the shift in education from one-way to two-way learning systems. Whether it’s with online courseware, an LMS-hosted course, or a traditional, face-to-face course, more and more educators are using Web 2.0 in exciting and interactive ways.
The change from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 is from one-way internet usage to a more interactive and democratic web environment. It makes perfect sense that educators dedicated to engaging students and promoting collaboration and critical thinking are integrating Web 2.0 technologies in their learning systems.
As Web 2.0 is introduced to learning systems, student work and its role in the classroom changes profoundly. When a student’s work is seen, commented on, and collaboratively enriched by a participative audience, the students are able to get caught up in the material. By allowing students to engage in educational “conversations,” guiding only when necessary, educators are able to allow students to solve problems and discuss issues themselves.
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