Distance Education Web 2.0 Tools Application of Technology (INST 6031) Dr. Richard Smith By. Thuan Nguyen
Why uses web 2.0 tools?Essentially web 2.o tools are a collection ofsocial tools that allows for the interaction of asingle person to an online community, whichcan be the user private community or the wholeworld.Provide interaction in course that is missing ina Distance Education class.Provide familiarity of a traditional classroom ina virtual environment.
BlogsCore function● Share a single or many topic● Allow users to response to topic● Allow linear interactionAn Example for use in educationInstructor/Student post a topic, other studentscan read and provide feedback for posted topic.
WikiCore function● Share a single or many document● Allow users to response/edit/collaborate to build document● Allow dynamic interactionAn Example for use in educationStudents in a group setting to set up a wiki tocollaborate on a single project. From planningto execution each group member will be able tointeract with the documents by adding on orremoving ideas/execution steps for project
Discussion BoardCore function● Share a single or many topic● Allow users to response to topic● Allow linear interactionAn Example for use in educationInstructor post a education topic, studentsprovides responds base on the topic includingeach student opinion on topic. This can lead todebate which will cause an increasing interestin topic.
Video sharingCore function● Share a single or many video● Allow users to response to video● Allow linear interactionAn Example for use in educationInstructor post video recording of lecture orsupplementary materials for student to view.
Voice SharingCore function● Share a single or many voice recording● Allow users to response to voice recoding● Allow linear interactionAn Example for use in educationInstructor post voice recording of lecture orsupplementary materials for student to listen.
Online conferencesCore function● Allow full interaction between two parties in real time but in a virtual environment setting.An Example for use in educationInstructor can set up a QA session wherestudent can interact with instruction in realtime in a virtual environment.
An example of intergrationProblem :An History instructor wants his/her student to be able to collaborate in ahistory report. The instructor wants his/her student to write the paper base ona given topic together, comes up with an idea and present for the whole class.Solution:In this particular case the instructor can use all of the tools above to allowhis/her students to perform the mentioned project. Starting with a blogs thatcontain all of the given topics, student would comments on the blog to join thegroup that is responsible for the report of that topic, leaving video and voicelinks of supplementary materials for students. Student then can use adiscussion board tools to brain storms and gather the necessary materials forthe reports. Then together each group will be able to collaborate and write asingle report using the any wiki tool. Then using a online conferencing tool,instructor can set up a specific virtual meeting time for each group to presentthe materials.
More useful toolsFor more web 2.0 tools and its uses ineducationhttp://www.go2web20.net/http://web2010.discoveryeducation.com/web20tools.cfm