Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning?

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Bryan Alexander in EDUCAUSEreview with a discussion of Web 2.0 in the context of teaching and learning:

“Many people ”including, or perhaps especially, supporters” critique the Web 2.0 moniker for definitional reasons. Few can agree on even the general outlines of Web 2.0. It is about no single new development. Moreover, the term is often applied to a heterogeneous mix of relatively familiar and also very emergent technologies. The former may appear as very much Web 1.0, and the latter may be seen as too evanescent to be relied on for serious informatics work. Indeed, one leading exponent of this movement deems continuous improvement to be a hallmark of such projects, which makes pinning down their identities even more difficult. Yet we can survey the ground traversed by Web 2.0 projects and discussions in order to reveal a diverse set of digital strategies with powerful implications for higher education. Ultimately, the label Web 2.0 is far less important than the concepts, projects, and practices included in its scope.”

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