What Teachers Think About Web 2.0 Technologies in Education?

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I just delivered a presentation “What Teachers Think About Web 2.0 Technologies in Education?” at the 16th Annual Sloan Consortium in Orlando, Florida this morning.  The presentation is based on the results of our recent research study on teachers’ use of Web 2.0 tools in teaching and learning.  We did a pilot study in Taiwan last year and involved students in 2 graduate courses.  This study is an expanded study of our pilot study.  The study examines teachers’ use of Web 2.0 tools in education, assesses their awareness and perceptions of the pedagogical benefits of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning, and investigates their interests and willingness of adopting Web 2.0 tools to support and supplement classroom instruction.  The target population of the study is teachers at all levels in Mississippi.  Specifically, participants at the 2010 Mississippi Educational Computing Association (MECA) Conference as well as the 2010 Creating Futures Through Technology Conference (CFTTC) in Mississippi were invited to participate in the study.  A total of 368 participants completed the questionnaire online in spring 2010.  Below is our presentation highlighting the results of the study.



About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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2 Responses to What Teachers Think About Web 2.0 Technologies in Education?

  1. sirui says:

    As illustrated in Dr. Yuen’s presentation about Web 2.0 Technologies in Education, Web 2.0 allows learners to create, contribute, collaborate, connect, share, participate in learning community, which always lying in the pool of higher-levelled interaction.

    In the research, most of the participants own cell phone with easy accessment of internet; and most of them thinks that information and communication technology makes their life easier. However, the data from the survey show that there still are quite amount of people they have not use social networking, like blog, Podcast, or other social media, etc. The overall experience of application of Web 2.0 tool is still very less. But, it also shows that over 60% participants who have less experience with Web 2.0 tool express their desire to try Web 2.0 tools and show their interest in learning Web 2.0 tools. And they are very likely to take a course in Web 2.0 tools, which proving people’s realization of the importance of Web 2.0 tools.

    This presentation is very important in demonstrating the role of Web 2.0 tools in education, and also help teachers to clarify their responsibility in combing Web 2.0 tool with instructional activities. What teachers think about Web 2.0 in education? Actually, with the experience of teaching English in China, I would like to answer this question from my own perspective. Web 2.0 tools are really very important in language teaching and learning. From teacher’s perspective, Web 2.0 tool could help build up a learning community, which would enhance learning efficiency; from learner’s perspective, Web 2.0 tools in classroom would provide more freedom and flexibility for self-learning. The interaction emphasized by Web 2.0 are beneficial with both teaching and learning. While, I also think that different areas and teachers may have different attitude towards Web 2.0, that is why the survey data cannot be 100%. Finding the right way of using Web 2.0 is just what teacher should think about in their own instructional activities.

  2. Margarita says:

    Dr Yuen, I am a student from Guayaquil Ecuador currently enrolled in a Master’s Program in Higher Education. My thesis topic will focus on how teachers use web 2.0 in higher education. I found your presentation interesting and will help me a lot to work on my own thesis. I was wondering if you could tell me where I can download or read the whole study you did on this topic. I am more interested in the theorerical framework you used ’cause I don’t know wheter i start defining what is virtual education or web 2.0. Hoping to read from you.

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