E-learning 2.0 differs from traditional e-learning. Instead of learners simply receiving, reading, and responding to learning content in traditional e-learning, e-learning 2.0 allows learners to create content and to collaborate with peers to form a learning network with distribution of content creation and responsibilities. In addition, e-learning 2.0 allows learners to easily access content through search, aggregation, and tagging. It provides learners with opportunities to interact with the content and share their thoughts and comments with not only the instructor but also with other learners. E-learning 2.0, therefore, is evolving to one of the most exciting, dynamic, and challenging fields involving teaching and learning online.
I delivered a presentation entitled “Developing an Online Course Based on E-Learning 2.0 Concepts” at the 2010 SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) International Conference in San Diego on March 31, 2010. The following presentation shows my current effort of designing, developing, and implementing a graduate course in the blended learning format at my university. Besides including the common components of an online/hybrid course offered by traditional LMS such as Blackboard, the e-learning 2.0 components (blog, podcasts, social networking site, and Wiki) are created and integrated into the course. Though the teaching of this hybrid course based on e-learning 2.0 concepts is still in process and data collection is under way, the feedbacks from students so far are very positive and encouraging. I think the e-learning 2.0 instructional approach allows the instructor to empower learners and create exciting new learning opportunities. It allows students to easily access course content, interact content with others, construct new knowledge, and collaborate with others to form a learning network. Students can communicate with others and access knowledge in ways that encourage creative and reflective practices that extend beyond traditional online learning.
Please stay tuned and follow my blog. I should complete the data collection and data analysis after the summer. Then, I will be happy to share the results of my study regarding students’ feedback on their attitudes and the effectiveness of the e-learning 2.0 instructional approach.