2.0 TEACHERS AT THE 21st CENTURY UNIVERSITY
Abstract of the presentation of the project
The beginning of the new millennium...the era of "mix, rip and burn" deeply the knowledge
society. Change is seen as the only constant. Mankind is plagued by the emergence of a new
"buzzword" Web 2.0 ... (also known among its members as "Read-Write Web" or Social Web).
Their emergence has been accompanied by prolific novel applications (blogs, wikis, RSS,
podcasts, virtual worlds, mobile technology, etc.). Their missions are focused on increasing the
architecture of participation, collective intelligence and wisdom of crowds, as never before seen.
So far, the data concerning the penetration of this phenomenon in the context of university
education are slight. The number of intrepid researchers, who have decided to study the many
pedagogical and technological changes arising from social software for teaching and learning
processes, is alarmingly low.
In universities, located in nineteenth-century buildings, inhabited by teachers of the twentieth
century, and populated by students of the Y-Generation, 2.0 technologies are getting in. Many
teachers, who require more training to cover the deadlock that postmodern professionalism
finds itself in and to cover the lack of ideas to properly combine educational technology
applications and practices.
Make no mistake, social software is not the panacea that will heal the college after a
deterministic application. It is a compendium of 2.0 applications, following pedagogy and
specific educational principles and that can lead to regain certain characteristics of teachers
related to their particular learning processes and teaching practices. It is therefore of particular
importance to reveal the possible effects of the integration of social web applications in self
learning and teaching by university teachers?
Faced with this (somewhat desolate) prospect a figure of hope looms through the fog. This is a
teacher who decides to embark on a personal crusade, with, as identified in the notes of your
GoogleDocs the main aim to analyze the impact of the social web on self-study and training of
Our protagonist will offer a preview of a research project in which the likes of Lev Vygotsky,
John Dewey, Stephen Downs, Jay Cross and Tim O'Reilly will rub shoulders to get their second
on-screen glory. Learning theories from behaviorism to connectivism will be released to the
public. Web 2.0 will strip before the cameras to show its evolution. Informal learning reveals its
role in the arduous journey to promote the development and continuous training of teachers.
Social software will make its appearance as prime sponsor of e-learning 2.0. We will also
discuss the methodology, instruments, and possible contributions in the imminent future
incursions mutation educational process, training and professional development.
All of you are invited to the premiere: 2.0 Teachers at the 21st Century University.
3-2-1 ... action!
P.S. We want to notify our public that the presentation of project is in beta status and therefore,
conceptual and procedural limitations may exist. In turn, we want to inform you that this study
has a provisional character, being designed to be developed by and for people and that
therefore any contribution to channel it will be welcome.
Ana Rodera Bermúdez