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Using Web 2.0 to Facilitate Learning

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Presentation about collaborative social media projects between students at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., and at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Students used wiki, blog, e-mail and videoconferencing to create, promote and analyze results of an online survey about the 2008 presidential election.

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Using Web 2.0 to Facilitate Learning

  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Facilitate Learning: A student collaboration project between Florida A&M University and Midwestern State University Ms. Mitzi Lewis Midwestern State University Dr. LaRae M. Donnellan, APR, CPRC Florida A&M University
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Investigate usefulness of Web 2.0 technology to facilitate learning across distance </li></ul><ul><li>Use Internet survey to explore college student political beliefs </li></ul>
  3. 3. Net Generation <ul><li>Social Technographics Profile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measures technology use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NetGens: Creators, Critics, Collectors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diffusion of Innovations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perceived attributes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of innovation-decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature of social system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extent of change agent’s promotion efforts </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 1. Identifying Research Area <ul><ul><li>“ College Student Election Survey” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Web 2.0 Tools <ul><li>Teleconference </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>SurveyMonkey </li></ul>
  6. 6. College Student Election Survey <ul><li>Created in summer 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>22 questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Political leanings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How learned about the survey </li></ul></ul><ul><li>900 responses </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2. Gathering Data <ul><li>Tracking student participation on blog & wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Soliciting feedback via classroom discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Soliciting feedback via survey </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating regularly via e-mail & phone </li></ul>
  8. 8. Blog Use <ul><li>Blogs – Confident in abilities to use </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – Effective way to communicate w/ team </li></ul>Response % No. Strongly disagree 0.0% 0 Disagree 0.0% 0 Neutral 15.0% 3 Agree 55.5% 11 Strongly agree 30.0% 6 Response % No. Strongly disagree 10.0% 4 Disagree 35.0% 7 Neutral 35.0% 7 Agree 15.0% 3 Strongly disagree 5.0% 1
  9. 9. Wiki Use <ul><li>Wiki – Confident in abilities to use </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis – Effective way to communicate w/ team </li></ul>Response % No. Strongly disagree 0.0% 0 Disagree 0.0% 0 Neutral 20.0% 4 Agree 60.0% 12 Strongly agree 20.0% 4 Response % No. Strongly disagree 20.0% 4 Disagree 20.0% 4 Neutral 40.0% 8 Agree 10.0% 2 Strongly agree 10.0% 2
  10. 10. Would You Collaborate Again? <ul><li>Interested in future collaborative projects with students at other universities </li></ul>Response % No. Strongly disagree 15.0% 3 Disagree 15.0% 3 Neutral 10.0% 2 Agree 35.0% 7 Strongly agree 25.0% 5
  11. 11. 3. Interpreting Data <ul><li>Wiki more effective than blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding potential </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not “natural” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Didn’t work </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 4. Acting on Evidence <ul><li>Mid-project adjustments </li></ul><ul><li>More class structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scaffolding </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 5. Evaluating Results <ul><li>Creating effective teams is challenging – especially at a distance. </li></ul><ul><li>SM tools not seen as valuable. </li></ul><ul><li>More structured instruction? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consequences </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. 6. Conclusions <ul><li>Design technology use around learning objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Use “scaffolding” – Show students how to apply tools in other contexts. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Observations/Future Research <ul><li>Role of competing SM activities going on at the same time: TubeTheVote e-zine. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Observations/Future Research <ul><li>2. Role of race & ethnicity in the adoption of Web 2.0 tools in educational setting. </li></ul>

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