Examining Web 2.0 Affordances in the Online Classroom

By Mark Mabrito.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Faculty are beginning to embrace Web 2.0 technologies such as blogging, social networking sites, social bookmarking, and peer-to-peer media sharing (for example, Flickr and Youtube). As they do so, faculty need both to become more familiar with these tools, as well as develop a sound pedagogy to support their use in the classroom. Often these technologies fall under the umbrella term of “social software”, an apt description because their purpose is not just to generate content but to engage in peer-to-peer sharing of information through online community networks. Integrating social software into the university curriculum is a movement that seems commonsensical because a large portion of the current student population is digitally savvy and heavily wired. However, we cannot necessarily assume that all students are widely familiar with such tools. Examining how students use social software in an academic setting can help us build a stronger pedagogy for integrating their use of social software across the curriculum.

Keywords: Online Learning, Web 2.0, Social Software

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.33-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 756.988KB).

Dr. Mark Mabrito

Associate Professor of English, English Department, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN, USA

Mark Mabrito is an associate professor of English at Purdue University Calumet, where he has taught courses in business and technical writing, Web design, and new media since 1989.


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