From real-time messaging to knowledge sharing to social networking, Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way companies collaborate, allowing them to find resources and gain knowledge quickly and efficiently
Regarding your question, are you talking about using current Web 2.0 technology to teach or teaching about it?
Regarding the former, many universities - at least in the U.S. - started using blogs, wikis and other tools that form the Web 2.0 for teaching purposes. One of the tools I use the most and is widely-used throughout the country is the MIT's OpenCourseWare. They offer free course materials to anyone who has access to the internet, and of the undeniable quality of MIT.
Regarding teaching about Web 2.0, what I've seen so far - and you probably are more qualified to answer it, is that at an undergraduate level, students don't get a lot of courses about it - maybe electives, but so far nothing with real expertise level. Although, graduate level programs are obviously there. And regarding Web 2.0 from a different perspectives, journalism schools have started to include "blogging" related topics into their offered courses, as a way to change with the times.
Thank you very much for your response. I'm also studying. I'm doing the PHd in Web 2.0 as a teaching resource and proper tools.
I would be really interested in learning about students activities with WEB 2.0. Unfortunately i cannot go to the USA to attend O'really meeting about WHERE 2.0. It would be great to go but it is very expensive for me.
I think that 21st century teacher must be very much involved in their lifelong learning to be able to teach properly to the new generations. i think that it was a product of the last century that teacher went to university, finish their studies and go to a school to teach the rest of their life. Nowadays there is loads of information and content to be taught in the New Technological Era.
Internet is for the education in the 21st century what the machines were for the Industry in the early 19th century.
I am a Masters student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. I have already
seen students trying to incorporate web 2.0 into their class project. I agree
with you that education should be in the same pace with technology with
collaborations with companies. Since, technology and information technology in
particular has been moving in a rapid pace. Therefore, I think what students
need is a strong basic background that we can use to keep updating our skills
when we go to the workforce. The problem that we might face in my generation is
the fact that reviewing curriculums can take times so we might have to rely
more of our independent studies and joining the online community like Internet
How far is school curricula adapted to create new "web 2.0 collaborators"? Don't you have the impression that we have began building the house by the roof?
Do you think educational institutions should have a closer relationship with companies and the world of work, so that what is studied in the school should have a real relation with the new technological world?
I think that education is still excesivelly traditional, and there should be a new revolutionary change in the next few years and be adapted to the new ICT'2.0
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