The Impact of Web 2.0 Innovations on Education and Training

The emergence of new Web 2.0 technology has supported two-way communication among individuals in a teaching and learning activity.Web 2.0 Innovations application enable individuals to create, share, communicate, and collaborate on the web regardless of geographical, temporal or technological skill.we will analyze the technological principles of the Web 2.0 and Impact of Web 2.0 Innovations on Education and Training.

We will furthermore show that Web 2.0 is not only well suited for learning but also for research on learning. The wealth of services that are available and their openness regarding API and data allow to assemble prototypes of technology-supported learning applications in an amazingly small amount of time. These prototypes can be use to evaluate research hypotheses quickly

 Web 2.0

Web 2.0 refers to the social use of the Web which allows people to collaborate. To get actively involve in creating content, to generate knowledge and to share information online. Furthermore, these platforms are seen to have an emerging role to transform teaching and learning. Specific technologies and services contributing to higher education include blogs, microblogs, wikis, syndication of content through RSS, tag-based folksonomies, social bookmarking, media sharing, social networking sites, and other social software artifacts.

Web 2.0 Innovations – Opportunities for Higher Education

Obviously, there are both pros and cons to using Web 2.0 Innovations. We shall mention some of them briefly below:

Advantages

  • Reduction of costs
  • Flexibility as far as the possibility of choosing technologies is concerned
  • Easier and faster access to information, when and where it is need
  • Integration of a variety of technologies in the teaching-learning activities
  • Extensive opportunities for information and collaboration by the agency of social bookmarking services
  • Possibility to control access to resources by authenticating users
  • Sharing accumulated experiences (blogs, microblogs, wikis, Flickr, youtube) and also resources
  • Independence from the platform (a computer, with browser and Internet connection, is enough)
  • Compatibility with the elements of the educational field and the existing contextual dynamics
  • The low level of complexity needed for use (minimum skills in using the Internet)
  • Reliability in continuous usage, over an extended period of time

The Impact of Web 2.0 Innovations on Education and Training

As has been the case with office productivity applications, teachers and schools have applied the standard Web 2.0 tools in support of learning activities. Therefore those experiences have been share across teacher networks, often using Web 2.0 tools such as blogs and wikis, and teacher publications.

Although Web 2.0 Innovations on Education, Teachers are using standard Web 2.0 tools in their classrooms there are opportunities for adopting such tools to make them more suitable for education or creating new tools specifically for educational use. Furthermore, One motivation for such developments will be to provide environments that mitigate some of the risks associated with having student engage in activities on the open web but it may be equally useful to adapt tools to provide specific support for educational activities or to create new tools, or mashups (combinations of existing tools), for specific tasks.

Conclusion

According to the faculty members’ point of view. It was thought that the rapid advance of technology and increasing student use were driving faculty to use technology in their classroom. However, the faculty who participate in this study were self-motivate to use this for teaching. The study found that the faculty members viewed the importance of using web 2.0 tools in teaching as follow:

  • Help to find and share educational resources and also provide collaborative learning opportunities,
  •  likewise, Promote knowledge sharing, facilitate communication and feedback between learners and teachers,
  • promote students to interact and build a learning community, and support innovative teaching methods.

Finally, the study found that there were some difficulties encounter by the faculty members to use web 2.0 tools in teaching and learning. A survey was conduct and the responses of 40 participants were analyze. As a result, suggest that the degree of use for Web (2.0) tools in teaching and learning across all academic ranks was medium

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