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Use of web 2.0 tools for E-Learning

  1. 1. Dr Hiran Amarasekera Department of Forestry and Environmental Science University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  2. 2. Students = Echo boomers Generation Y
  3. 3. Y)  Up to 80 Million “Echo Boomers” (Generation Y)  These are the children of the “Baby Boomers”  entrepreneurial, global  best educated; both men and women  computers are a primary language  Mobile phones, sms are common  They grow up with economic prosperity  They are not afraid of challenging managers
  4. 4.  Do not blame technology or young generation  Prepare materials for this new media and new generation
  5. 5. World is flat A book by Thomas Friedman  1989 PC – Windows – individual contenet creation  1995 Internet – email – browser – fiber optics  Work Flow collaboration – individual content uploading  Web applications  Open-sourcing (free knowledge)  Out-sourcing
  6. 6. World is flat A book by Thomas Friedman  Web applications – gmail, fickr, google docs  Open-sourcing (free knowledge)  Out-sourcing
  7. 7. World is flat A book by Thomas Friedman  Eg Encyclopedia Britannica to Wikipedea
  8. 8. Three rules in the flat world  Whatever can be done will be done eg. By Sabaragamuwa and USJ  Individual imagination matters  Learn to collaborate
  9. 9. WIIFM: What’s in it for me? 1. Traditional web and web 2.0 2. Key web 2.0 applications/ services 3. Popular sites for learning 4. Starting collaborative web sites
  10. 10. Have you used?  Google  Blogging – blogger, wordpress  Wiki – wikipedia, wikispaces  Mutimedia sharing – flickr, youtube  Podcasting – itunes  VLE s – moodle, blackboard. webCT  Social Bookmarking – delicious, digg  Social Networking – hi5, facebook, linkedin
  11. 11. WIIFM: What’s in it for me?
  12. 12. Three target groups Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Just listen and learn the new technologies available Try some of these things to enhance your internet browsing experience Start web 2.0 based eLearning
  13. 13. Traditional E-learning (web 1.0)  Computer-based training – (1980s) use of single or few computers for learning  Static content web sites –  Dynamic content web sites – Database-backed websites providing information tailored to the viewers particular requirements.
  14. 14. Course Management System (CMS)  The traditional approach to e-learning  Web application runs on a server  Students can access the system from anywhere with an internet connection  Easy way to upload course materials, hold online discussions, chats, give quizzes
  15. 15. Moodle – Free and Open Source CMS Download free at or
  16. 16. Moodle eLearining site at
  17. 17. Moodle eLearining site at
  18. 18. Web 2.0  Traditional web - merely browsing the internet after searching search engines  Web 2.0 - User generated content  Users can contribute and shape the content of the web by means of blog posts, podcasts, wikis, sharing photos and videos
  19. 19. Big ideas behind web 2.0 1. User generated content 2. Harnessing collective intelligence 3. Open data 4. Data on an epic scale
  20. 20. E-learning 2.0 – New approach to eLearning  coined by Stephen Downes  Use of tools and web services - such as blogs, wikis, and other social software - to support the creation of learning communities.
  21. 21. E-learning 2.0  Learning is centered around the interests of the learner  This learning is immersive – learning by doing  The computer connects the student to the rest of the world
  22. 22. Technologies to enhance teaching Wikis Tagging, Social bookmarking Key services and applications Web 2.0 RSS Blogs Multimedia shareing Podcasting Social Networking Newer Applications
  23. 23. Blogging - web log publishing  Blog is an abbreviated version of "weblog“  website that contains diary- type written material, links or photos being posted all the time, usually by one individual, on a personal basis  Blogging is increasingly used in education (both in school and university), because it is easy to publish.  Facilitate feedback, by letting readers add comments
  24. 24. Example blog sites     ger_id=99657
  25. 25. Ranked 8 on
  26. 26. Blog software -obtain a free blog
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  28. 28. Wikis
  29. 29. Wikis  Web sites that can be collaboratively updated using only a web browser.  Enable group development of ideas and information sources.  Eg Wikipedia (  Start your own wiki for your class for free at
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  31. 31. online encyclopedia  read articles on “any” subject, and also can edit them.  Wikipedia is not a source so reliable you can cite it in real academic papers.  However, it has wealth of information - more than a million user-written articles  good starting point for research on new topics.
  32. 32. Multimedia Sharing
  33. 33. History of the wiki edits
  34. 34. Tagging and Social Bookmarking Tag is a key word that is added to a digital object
  35. 35. Social Bookmarking – Find new web sites  Search engines like Google can find material using keywords  Social Bookmarking allow users to highlight their best sites  Sharing bookmarks  Provide you the collective intelligence of other users  Help you find things that you never knew existing, but wished you did.
  36. 36. Social Bookmarking sites 
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  39. 39. Multimedia sharing
  40. 40. Photo sharing -  Publish digital photography to a wider audience.  Valuable resource for images for use in presentations, learning materials  Commenting function allows for feedback.  ntlanka/
  41. 41. •Register to flickr, •upload your photos. •Join a group named “University of Sri Jayewardenepura”. •Post your photo to this group within the flickr.
  42. 42.  Webcasts and videocasts  streaming video on the internet. Video Sharing
  43. 43. You Tube
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  46. 46. Screencasting  Record your presentation and upload to
  47. 47. RSS feedsRSS feeds
  48. 48. RSS Feeds  Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication  allows users to subscribe to websites that provide RSS feeds such as blogs and news sites  When new content is added, a software program called an aggregator automatically pulls in the feeds.  Common news aggregator is Bloglines at
  49. 49. Bloglines
  50. 50. Google Reade
  51. 51. Educational applications of RSS Feeds  Professional Development keep-up-to-date on a wide variety of subjects from leading experts in the field. You get closer to the leading edge of what is going on the particular field.  Time Saving You can track more information in a shorter period of time. Now you do not have to spend a large amount of time surfing the internet for topic specific content.  Information coming from contrasting sources You could subscribe to feeds from different parts of the news world about a current event in the news to compare and contrast the information and/or to check to see if there were any biases.  Sharing what you are doing with other educators Any teacher can share information with thousands of other teachers using a blog or webpage with RSS technology. RSS feeds will have a major impact on the way we receive our information in the future.
  52. 52. Start Pages  Start pages provide a desktop that can host all of a user's most common Web information such as news, weather, e-mail, RSS feeds, and more, all in a single user- controlled Web page.
  53. 53. Podcasts
  54. 54. Podcasting  Distribution of audio files on the web  This has become a popular technology in education, because it provides a way of distributing educational content to learners.
  55. 55. Tools for podcasting  You need iPod software  Download at  Goto iTunes Music Store from within iTunes  Click on Podcasts
  56. 56. Social Networking –
  57. 57. Professional social network
  58. 58. Other web 2.0 applications  3d Virtual reality site  Post things you do  Post or find events
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  60. 60. Top sites for enhance teaching and learning  Lots of internet resources that can give you a quality education every day, free knowledge is available all around us.
  61. 61. free audio and video lessons  University of California, Berkeley in USA is ranked as one of the best colleges in USA and in the world.  Podcasts - lectures in mp3 format  can download these Podocasts in as mp3 files and listen to them using ipod player or winamp in windows.  Webcasts - courses with video.  You can be in the classroom with the students watching or hearing some amazing teachers and accomplished professionals. 
  62. 62. MIT Open Courseware – free online courses  MIT web site gives away course materials, including syllabi, lectures, assignments and reading materials free.  free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world. 
  63. 63.  most accurate, and widely accepted search engine today.  Other online software  Google images (search images)  Google video (search and download videos for free)  email (with Gmail),  cartography (Google Maps),  literature (Google Book Search)  Google Earth, an incredibly detailed virtual globe.  Picasa (photo browsing and editing)  google desktop search (good search engine to search your personal computer)
  64. 64.  Online retailer of mainly books, CDs, VCDs  Considered as the earth's biggest bookstore, you can order books if you have a credit card.  You can browse through the world's most popular books in any subject and become reader of the very recent books published.
  65. 65.  Freeware Applications  Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is becoming very popular, most often as Microsoft alternatives.  Mozilla Firefox browser is accepted as better product than MS Internet explorer.  contains lots of free software.
  66. 66. 100+ Free Websites to find out about Anything and Everything by Jane Hart
  67. 67. Things you can try  Create a blog at  Create a wiki at  Get your RSS feeds using  Or google reader
  68. 68. Things you can try  Share your photos at  Create your profile at  Find new web sites using or  Download podcasts and webcasts for lectures  Setup start page to
  69. 69. Knowledge Revolution Victory will go to the Smartest Individuals, Companies and Nations