THE UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND THE WEB 2.0
University of Vigo (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN09 Proceedings
Publication year: 2009
Conference name: 1st International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2009
Location: Barcelona ,Spain
Abstract:Web pages and sites were based in hypertext (HTML) in the very beginning. Basically, hypertext is just a text with some labels to format the text (align, font type,…). It also includes images and other multimedia files, and links to other pages with related information. These web pages were static and they were not updated very often, so the information was out of date pretty soon. In 2004, the term “Web 2.0” was used in reference to the new web sites based on communities of users and the new services they provide: “social networks, blogs, wikis, free web space, free e-mail, and others”. The main characteristic of the web 2.0 is the active participation of the user in the creation and modification of the web content. In the beginning, the user was only a spectator of the web information provided by the web page owner, but the web 2.0 gives the chance to the users to create and update the information and also to interact with other users. These new capabilities of the web 2.0 can be used in teaching. The professor act as a moderator and control the flux of information, but the students has the main role creating and debating about the contents. The interaction among the users (students) makes the learning process more dynamic and creative.
Keywords: web 2, 0, blog, wiki, university teaching.