Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Bob, weave and procrastinate, but you can't hide

from the fact that - Web 2.0 is the future of education

It's always good when you find someone respected in the field (Steve Hargadon) who tells it how it is (will be)!!

The beauty of Web 2.0 tools is that they are simple for staff and students. All it means for Staff is a tiny little bit of up front effort in thinking about how web 2.0 tools can be applied effectively to their teaching situation. Miracle results will not happen overnight, but immediate benefits can be seen.

Web 2.0 tools do not replace current methods of teaching, they enhance existing teaching and learning methods. Variety can be added to learning tasks increasing the enjoyment for both students and Staff.

The best way to learn about web 2.o tools is to use them as a student, as a lifelong learner. Institutions can help teachers to speed up the process of integrating web 2.0 tools effectively into there armoury of teaching and learning tools by offering short courses firstly on technicalities and secondly on good pedagogic practices.

Vote for Web 2.0 and be on the winning side!! (and you'll enjoy it). If you are not sure of web 2.0 - I'd say you need to give it a chance, look out for workshops run by Richard Hall and your e-learning faculty co-ordinators. Check out the DMU blackboard e-learning staff support site for other good background information.

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