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A review of current and developing international practice in the use of social networking (Web 2.0) in higher education

This report was commissioned by the Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience to review the current and developing use of Web 2.0 technologies in higher education from an international perspective. The report is based on five specially commissioned reports from Australia, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. These were chosen to provide some of the leading countries in the use of Web 2.0 technologies in education together with one country where English is not the first language and one where infrastructure provision remains a critical issue.

The report covers the following four areas:

This can be downloaded in  Word or PDF format.

Web 2.0 for Content for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This study has focused on the content sharing aspects of Web 2.0, including textual, sound, and video data. The study is also cognisant of the fact that content sharing via Web 2.0 mechanisms can be the enabler of social software - software which supports groups in their day-to-day interactions.

The report provides a discussion of Web 2.0 together with a compilation of some of the more commonly used systems for education. It then examines progress at four universities which have taken a strategic approach and implemented Web 2.0 services in different ways at the institutional level. This is followed by a discussion of Web 2.0 content and its creation and use, together with an identification of issues affecting content creation and use. The report goes on to consider the ways in which Web 2.0 is being used in learning, teaching and assessment, and important issues associated with pedagogy and assessment.  Finally it turns to institutional policy and strategy and consider ways in which Web 2.0 impacts them.

The report is available in  Word and PDF , together with  JISC's response in PDF and  our comments on the response.

This work included a set of webinars supported by  the following briefing papers: