This paper discusses how a unique, innovative and effective model of student-centred learning has been implemented through an educational experience that directly captures students’ enthusiasm using Web 2.0 technologies. This model has allowed students to collaborate and share in the process of creating and building their photographic knowledge in an online social network through conversations about their images. The active learning teaching methodology adopted takes into account the digital technology age, the digital camera and the digital student. Meeting the needs of students by using an emerging social technology has engendered a spirit that has even the reluctant and less creative students immersing themselves in creative, photographic skills. The dynamic nature of Web 2.0 technologies enables regular and immediate feedback between students and teachers. Through interactive peer learning, students are motivated to reflect, analyse and critique their own work, and the work of their peers more frequently, establishing a practice of visual literacy skills including image capture and editing techniques. Students can explore the camera, develop photographic, analytical and critiquing skills, and reflect on their work in their own time. This mode of learning enhances student work life balance, allowing flexible study activities and eliminating printing costs.
|Keywords:||Web 2.0 Technology, Social Networks, Blended Learning, Photography, Active Learning, Peer Learning, Student-Centred, Visual Literacy|
Academic Development Advisor, Swinburne Professional Learning, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Lecturer, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
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