A Survey of Web 2.0 Technologies for Online Classroom Learning

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Web 2.0 promises to be the new paradigm for collaboration, information sharing and creativity using the Internet as the platform. This presentation looks beyond the hype and the glamour and examines Web 2.0’s potential to improve classroom learning. Specifically examined are wikis, blogs, social networks, podcasting, video sharing websites (such as YouTube), and RSS feeds. The presentation covers basic descriptions of each approach, a list on how they can be used in the classroom, a demonstration of its use in a graduate-level online class, and a list of best practices for each approach. The presentation concludes with an examination of the next generation of Internet computing, Web 3.0, and projects its impact on the education community. Although the focus of this presentation is online teaching, the concepts are also relevant for face-to-face classes as well.

Keywords: Web 2.0, Wikis, Blogs, Social Networks, Podcasting, Video Sharing Websites, RSS Feeds, Web 3.0, Online Learning, Graduate School
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Les Pang

Program Director, Collegiate Professor
raduate School of Management and Technology, University of Maryland

Adelphi, MD, USA

Dr. Les Pang is a Program Director at the University of Maryland University College and currently teaches courses on database technologies, information technology foundations and homeland security. He is a former professor at the Information Resources Management College, which is part of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He has taught military and civilian leaders in the areas of data management, enterprise applications, multimedia, simulation, the Internet, and software technologies. He received a PhD in engineering from the University of Utah and a Master in Business Administration (concentrating on Management Information Systems) from the University of Maryland College Park. He is the 2004 recipient of the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Maryland University College. He is also won the Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, University of Maryland Chapter.

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