Share Paper: Web 2.0 Tools for Learning in Higher Education: The Presence of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, Microblogs, Facebook and Ning

  1. Connie Shih, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States
  2. Michael Waugh, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States
Tuesday, March 8 2:00-2:30 PM Kingsley

Abstract: In a few short years, changes in technology have led the Internet to become a more networked place than ever before; thereby enabling communication, sharing, and participation in public discourse on a much wider scope. This paper is an overview of how some of the Web 2.0 tools are currently being used in higher education. Learning approaches (formal, informal, collaborative, and constructivist) relevant to Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, podcasting, microblogging, Facebook and Ning) are described. Overall, these tools were found to promote community building, enhance social presence, and facilitate communication. Moreover, they contribute to the increasing “openness” in the ...