WEB 2.0 FOR COLLABORATIVE WORK AND EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
Kazan (Volga region) Federal University was formed in 2010 on the basis of one of the oldest universities in Russia- Kazan State University (1804) with the importance of creation of higher education of a new quality, which has its own scientific and educational potential for further development and that is able to contribute successfully to the solution of social and economic development in the Volga Federal District, Russia.
The Institute of Philology and Cross-cultural Communication (IPCC) is one of the biggest institutes in the structure of the University. More than 3,500 students study there. There are several departments within the Institute: the Department of Russian and Foreign Philology, the Department of Tatar Philology and Cross-cultural Communication, Higher School of Art, four research and educational centers, Kazan International Linguistics Centre.
One of the priority aims of the IPCC is linguists training, who are capable of using new information technologies in their professional activities in accordance with the requirements of the modern information society.
Our efforts direct towards providing scientific and methodological support in teaching disciplines of scientific and technical courses for students coming from linguistics faculties.
Thus, the curriculum for linguists includes the "Information and communication technologies in education and cultural activities" course.
Nowadays, a new generation of students has appeared that was born in the age of the existing Internet. This generation no longer imagines its existence outside of the virtual environment. We understand that educational process in a virtual environment requires new approaches to the organization and management of the learning process, which will focus on the use of collaboration and effective management of a virtual community, including issues of trust.
The course intends to organize the educational process on using Web 2.0 and effective management of a virtual community to improve the efficiency of collaboration between a teacher and a student.
We have designed a scientific and methodological support of the course using Google services. It includes a set of tools such as practical tasks for students; a course book, student achievements ranking system; teacher support materials.
The results of statistical evaluation of student’s competencies during last three years prove that level of students that studied using Web 2.0 is higher.
In conclusion we can say that positive dynamics is the result of using Web 2.0 for motivating students' learning, collaboration between teacher and students, and management of a virtual community.