Right now enabling Web 2.0 is a highly topical issue. It features prominently in educational forums and blogs and is raised as a key question during RSC visits. The initial response to Web 2.0 was often to ban it in colleges. Now, however, the debate has moved on to recognising the central position of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching as well as in the wider society. So the key questions are:
- How do we enable Web 2.0 technologies and utilise them in teaching?
- How do you manage the use of web 2.0 applications such as Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and instant messaging?
- How do you manage user-owned mobile devices?
- What tools and policies are best? and
- Who in your organisation decides what to allow?
As our use of the web matures these questions are being met with more positive responses. Our research indicates that there are now more organisations using Web 2.0 technologies and that learners are benefiting from access to a richer range of resources. The nature of teaching and learning is being seen as more of a social activity and new technologies, such as Web 2.0, are at the forefront of this trend.
RSC London has a webinar on 30th April 2009 to explore these questions and review best practice. See http://www.rsc-london.ac.uk/1318/ for more details.