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Implementing Web 2.0 technologies in higher education: A collective case study

Published on Sep 1, 2012in Computers in Education
· DOI :10.1016/j.compedu.2011.12.022
Sue Bennett26
Estimated H-index: 26
(UOW: University of Wollongong),
Andrea G. Bishop20
Estimated H-index: 20
(CSU: Charles Sturt University)
+ 2 AuthorsGregor Kennedy29
Estimated H-index: 29
(University of Melbourne)
Web 2.0 technologies are becoming more popular in the everyday lives of students. As a result, teachers and designers have begun to explore their use in formal education. This paper presents evaluation findings from a collective case study of six Web 2.0 implementations in Australian higher education. The research was undertaken as part of a larger study that sought to understand how today's students use information and communication technologies to support their learning. Conducted across three universities, the research included a range of disciplines, class sizes and year levels. A common evaluation strategy was used in order to collect comparable data from which commonalities and differences could be identified. This paper provides an overview of the study, describes the methodology used, summarises the implementation experiences of staff and students involved and presents the key findings. The results suggest that most students had little prior experience with relevant technologies and that many struggled to see the value of using Web 2.0 technologies for learning and teaching, both of which have important implications for the design of appropriate learning tasks. While the argument can be made for improving the design through better task-technology alignment, this study also highlights inherent tensions between Web 2.0 and educational practices.
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Estimated H-index: 10
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Estimated H-index: 22
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Estimated H-index: 18
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Estimated H-index: 15
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Estimated H-index: 20
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Estimated H-index: 13
(McGill University),
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Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Birmingham),
Rachel M. Pilkington9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Birmingham)
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Estimated H-index: 22
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Estimated H-index: 1
(Monash University)
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Estimated H-index: 4
(UT: University of Tennessee),
Debra Lee5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UT: University of Tennessee)
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Estimated H-index: 7
(UT: University of Tennessee)
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Estimated H-index: 9
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Estimated H-index: 10
(UT: University of Tennessee)
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Estimated H-index: 12
(LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University),
Helen Burchmore1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Emerald Group Publishing)
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Estimated H-index: 1
(NKFUST: National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology),
Steve Chi-Yin Yuen8
Estimated H-index: 8
(USM: University of Southern Mississippi)
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Estimated H-index: 17
(U of M: University of Memphis)
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Estimated H-index: 3
(NIE: National Institute of Education)
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Estimated H-index: 19
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Estimated H-index: 14
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 22
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Estimated H-index: 6
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Estimated H-index: 21
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 6
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