Teaching and learning in the Web 2.0 era: empowering students through learner-generated content

Mark J.W. Lee, Catherine McLoughlin

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Abstract

This article describes how the emergence of "Web 2.0" technologies and social software tools is creating a new set of dynamics leading to increased user-led content and knowledge production that is transforming higher education curriculum and instruction. It considers the different ways in which social computing applications can be used for teaching and learning, and suggests changes to pedagogy based on greater learner control, agency, and engagement in content creation, as well as peer-to-peer sharing and review of ideas. It presents exemplars and cases of learner-generated content from universities around the world, and discusses themes of pedagogical transformation that emerge from analysis of these cases. It also discusses challenges facing the production and adoption of learner-generated content in higher education, and suggests possible ways forward to meet these challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning
Volume4
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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