The Read-Write Matrix of Web 2.0 Tools for Learning
The horizontal axis shows who can read the published documents, the vertical axis who can write to them. In each case the mid-point relates to the group of peers – eg learners within a single course. A wider group (ie between the mid-point and the ‘world’) could include members of a broader community of practice, or the local community or family.
The plotted points could be exemplified by:
- A personal reflective journal with no audience
- A personal wiki or blog which other learners can read
- A personal wiki or blog which a wider group can read
- A personal wiki or blog which is publicly available on the web
- A collaborative wiki for a sub-group of learners
- A collaborative wiki for the course
- A collaborative wiki for the course which a wider group can read
- A collaborative wiki for the course which is publicly available
- A collaborative wiki for learners and a wider group
- A collaborative wiki which is fully open – publicly readable and writable.
Note: These are typical examples only – the matrix is intended to relate to other tools in addition to blogs and wikis.
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Web 2.0: Good for Education?
Trent Batson summarizes what Web 2.0 means for higher education:
- More interaction between knowers and learners occurs online rather than in a room
- More continuity between learning meetings during a course of study and after the course is over
- More active learning opportunities are available
- The need for certification of all formal learning is called into question
- A shift in the fundamental perception of learning from content delivery to a guided learning process
- More recognition of and scaffolding on what students already know
- Collection of evidence of student learning online that is owned by the student
- The learning process is associated with the learner
- A deluge of unfiltered information without mature consensus methodologies to handle the deluge
- Transience of knowledge as opinion-producers gain currency more quickly each day than ever before
- Gap between institutions that are able to adapt to Web 2.0 trends and the rest of higher education
- The education enterprise is merely reactive to industry developments; it must instead lead; and educators by and large are resistant; they must instead find opportunities for positive change