Web 2.0 technologies including cloud computing promise new and valuable capabilities for computer users. This paper examines its relevance for the instructor within both the online and face-to-face teaching environments. Five tools based on these technologies were implemented in a graduate level class at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). These tools included the use of an online collaborative office suite, a wiki, a blog, a social network, and a video sharing website. All of these tools were found to have a positive effect in promoting and enhancing student learning.
This paper describes the experience of applying these tools in a UMUC classroom, identifies other ways these tools can be used by both students and instructors for educational purposes, reviews the advantages and disadvantages of each tool, and presents best practices that would ensure the effective application of these tools in the classroom. Links showing how these tools have been used are provided to serve as examples to instructors. The conclusion covers Web 3.0, the next generation of these technologies, and presents an outlook on its potential impact in the classroom.
|Keywords:||Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, Teaching Environments|
Program Director and Collegiate Professor, Graduate School of Management and Technology, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD, USA
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