Integrating the Power of Web 2.0 Tools with Institutional Guidelines

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Integrating the Power of Web 2.0 Tools with Institutional Guidelines

  1. 1. Integrating the Power of Web 2.0 Tools with Institutional Guidelines Ruth Markulis
  2. 2. What is Web 2.0 ? Web 2.0 is the second generation of Web application development that goes beyond static pages to allow users to create content and collaborate with one another via easy to use, browser-based tools.
  3. 3. Why Web 2.0 ? • Faculty wish to take advantage of Web 2.0 tools that offer additional options to enhance teaching and appeal to different learning styles • Students are already using Web 2.0 technologies, especially social networking • Web 2.0 tools can contribute to authentic assessment
  4. 4. Institutional Considerations • Administrators have concerns related to privacy, data hosting, etc. • Faculty need guidelines to choose and use Web 2.0 tools judiciously
  5. 5. Institutional Considerations • Academic Technology Steering Committee • Importance of Faculty Training
  6. 6. Institutional Considerations Faculty and students alike need guidelines for the use of Web 2.0 tools to avoid the unintended consequences that may occur with unplanned use
  7. 7. UMUC Guidelines and Web 2.0 • The confidentiality of student information is protected by FERPA, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Students’ confidential information such as date of birth, addresses, and phone numbers and course-related data can not be disclosed • Faculty need to have alternative assignments if students do not wish to use Web 2.0 tools • All official information related to the course and students’ assignments must be in the WebTycho classroom, i.e. archived internally
  8. 8. UMUC Criteria for Choosing Web 2.0 Tools • Use is usually free of charge • Easy to use, usually without technical support • Consideration of copyright and fair use • Offers new functions and features
  9. 9. UMUC Criteria for Choosing Web 2.0 Tools • Contributes to other classroom activities within WebTycho (embed code) • Has a privacy option Terms of use allow for an alias Class activity is not viewable on the Web by the public • Grading and assessment is always done in WebTycho
  10. 10. UMUC Criteria for Choosing Web 2.0 Tools • Instructor can administer, monitor, and control all class interaction taking place on the external site • Cannot require students to use an external tool-be prepared to offer a substitute activity if this involves a graded activity

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