This article was a survey on one campus where enhanced technology required all teachers to be dealing with various Web 2.0 tools. The study then asked multiple questions via surveys and interviews about the professors’ and other academic personnel views on Web 2.0 (brown, 2012, 50). By looking at the perceptions of those dealing with Web 2.0, we can get a sample of the kinds of views that we’ll be dealing with when we are looking at the integration of Web 2.0 in our classrooms. There will be enthusiastic supporters and those who are skeptical of the benefits.
However, when Web 2.0 is used by the majority of the teachers, there is a much more balanced view of Web 2.0. There is a sense that Web 2.0 is very useful, depending on the teaching style and the reason it’s being used. The tools available to teachers allow for more flexibility for student-centered leraning, and the teachers and lessons that focus on this are more likely to use Web 2.0 (Brown, 2012, 57). But there is a time and a place for Web 2.0, and that is where our discrenment as teachers is needed. Web 2.0 has many tools that are readily available to us, but using what is appropriate to make learning stick can be difficult.
Brown, S. (2012). Seeing Web 2.0 in Context: A study of academic perceptions [Electronic Version]. The Internet and Higher Education, pp 50-57.