Moving beyond the basics: The evolution of Web 2.0 tools from preview to participate

Patricia Dickenson, Martin Hall, Jennifer Courduff

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)


The evolution of the web has transformed the way persons communicate and interact with each other, and has reformed institutional operations in various sectors. Examining these changes through the theoretical framework Connectivism, provides a detailed analysis of how the web impacts individuals’ context within communities as well as the larger society. This chapter examines the evolution of the web and the characteristics of various iterations of the web. A discussion on the emergence of participatory media and other participatory processes provides insight as to how the web influences personal and professional interactions. Research on how the web has changed cultural contexts as well as systems such as education, governments and businesses is shared and analyzed to identify gaps and provide direction for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of research on the societal impact of digital media
EditorsBarbara Guzzetti, Mellinee Lesley
Place of PublicationHersey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781466683112
ISBN (Print)9781466683105
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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