Web 2.

0 In Higher Education: Opportunities And Challenges

Gabriela Grosseck West University of Timisoara ggrosseck@socio.uvt.ro

• What is Web 2.0?

• Opportunities and limitations • How does Web 2.0 apply to education? • Some conclusions

W E B 2.0

The of the Web

social use

allow people to


To get actively

in creating content

To generate knowledge


share information online


user controls / creates
his / her personal data and information




Social bookmarking


Let’s talk about WEB 2.0 technologies …
Social networking

• 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 needed
• the integration of a variety of technologies in the teaching-learning activities

• extensive opportunities of information and collaboration
• possibility to control authenticating users

access to resources by

• sharing accumulated experiences and resources
• independence from the platform

• 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

• redistribution of effort, so that less and less time and
energy are spent during search and information management

• the increase in number of modalities of use and the
heterogeneity of didactic practices and of types of formation

• the possibility to test the existing didactic practices, without great
changes in the current modus operandi

• the major focus on didactic
technology per se

innovation, and not on the

• creating digital content

• an Internet

connection is required

• it hides behind it a sum of technologies and concepts which are still insufficiently defined • it is based •

on Ajax it determines variations of interpretation
between types of browsers

• it offers free

things, in open-source structures, with a rather vague significance

Disadvantages it leads to a low quality of the actual

• it promotes amateurishness by invaluable contents generated by users • it gives everyone the opportunity to complain, thus creating a community without rules; • it has monetary quantification (the Internet as a business - Google);

• it is a kind of second-hand Web • it has limited security • the speed of programs is incomparably lower than the one of desktop programs • it doesn’t mean anything per se, it is just electronic junk • the extremely diversified offer of technologies • time and knowledge invested in the Web 2.0 technologies

Some educational applications of Web2.0 tools

BLOGS: Blogger
• • • • real-world writing experiences pull class blogs together quickly give feedback students use peer networks to develop their own knowledge • update new information • using comments

Some educational applications of Web2.0 tools

WIKIS: Wikispaces
• • • • • • • • • student projects collaborating on ideas organizing documents and resources presentation tool group research project for a specific idea manage school and classroom documents collaborative handout for students classroom discussion and debate area place to aggregate web resources

Some educational applications of Web2.0 tools

RSS RSS: Google Reader / Bloglines
• • • • • •

professional development time saving updated information in my teaching area information coming from constraining sources sharing my work with other educators replace traditional email mailing lists, reducing email overload • used to keep course specific webpages current and relevant

Some educational applications of Web2.0 tools

• create a set of resources • conduct research and share that research with my peers • track author and book updates • groups of students doing a classroom project sharing their bookmarks, I subscribed to their RSS feed to see the direction of their research • rate and review bookmarks to help with students decide on usefulness of resources • setup a group tag in order to share educational resources • share one del.icio.us account between a number of different subject specific educators in order to share resources with each other etc.

Social bookmarking: del.icio.us


I hope that the actors from the educational field (teachers, tutors, trainers, administrators, or those responsible for policies) will find the Web 2.0


technologies and promising both for the educational process and for self development


Photos from Flickr
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Slide 1 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=83087299&size=o Slide 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniele_m/496435189/ Slide 3 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=88542281&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=l Slide 4 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=299474455&size=o Slide 5 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=376450972&size=o Slide 6 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=312460637&size=o Slide 7 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=467935625&size=l Slide 8 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id =256508934&context=set-72157594306024718&size=l Slide 9 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=188111704&size=oa51 Slide 10 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=209772715&size=o Slide 11 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id =199807972&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=o Slide 12 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=136055333&size=l Slide 13 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=454582037&size=l Slide 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubys_moon/88915001/ Slide 15 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=386333350&size=l Slide 16 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=274003887&context=pool-54833441@N00&size =o Slide 17 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=24407028&size=o Slide 18 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=103796721&size=l Slide 19 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id =158043265&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=o Slide 20 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=29006844&size=l Slide 21 http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=107215316&context=pool-54833441@N00&size=l