Integrating web 2.0 technologies in higher education learning

Dafoulas, George ORCID logoORCID: and Shokri, Azam (2014) Integrating web 2.0 technologies in higher education learning. In: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN 2014). . [Conference or Workshop Item]


Over the past two decades policies and speculations have been evident about the importance of Internet use in enhancing the learning experience at all levels for both individuals and groups. The impact of social networks and the proliferation of Web 2.0 technologies means that the role of Internet now encapsulates any effects from the use of such tools in education. The purposes, theories and ways in which learning with technologies ought to be conceptualised and functionalised is generating an increased body of literature. With the arrival of Web 2.0 and Semantic Web however not enough is known about the ways in which these online technologies interact and may interact with student’s learning experience. There are gaps in our knowledge on the role of social networking sites on student learning experiences. Social media tools have become ubiquitous, meaning that students can be observed using them all the time and sometimes these tools may be used within the context of a learning activity. Most popular platforms include Facebook, YouTube, Tweeter, LinkedIn while tools frequently used include bulletin boards, wikis, blogs, and podcasts. The advancement of modern technologies seems to be well informed of the user needs, focusing on younger generations that seem to be keen in adopting new technologies that support communication. We have reached a point in time that as educators we must consider how to utilise the current momentum in enhancing learning experiences in class as well as in less traditional learning spaces. With the advent of Web 2.0 tools, educators are looking to these new technological tools to examine its potential in enhancing teaching and learning. While its runaway success as a social networking tool is now renowned, the use of Facebook for educational purposes may be considered still at its infancy stage.
This paper provides a synthesis of recent research findings on how student learning experiences at both higher and further education levels is influenced by the latest development and technological advancements of social networking sites. The social learning technology framework proposed in this research study is a solution based on Web 2.0 tools and technology which defines a model for its role and application. It is aimed that this framework may also address the needs for utilising Social Learning Technologies (SLT) and implementing Social Learning Networks (SLN) in higher education and reach beyond its needs to persevere its integrity of use. The SLT framework focuses on social aspects evaluating group dynamics based on e-learning and communication styles. This framework relies on technology support with the advent of Web 2.0 technology tools and advanced e-learning systems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 16066
Depositing User: George Dafoulas
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 16:13
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 16:05

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