Learning has always been social. And thanks to Web 2.0 and its portfolio of tools, the social learning practice has only strengthened. If you are a learner or take interest in the subject of learning, you would find it difficult to dismiss the learning prowess of social media. In this write up, we take a quick look at the application potential of Web 2.0 tools for self-directed lifelong learning.
What is Web 2.0?
In 2005, Tim O’Reilly coined the term Web 2.0 to describe the evolving and modern nature of the “Read-Write” web where everyone creates, collaborates and publishes rather than just a few so-called experts as in Web 1.0 in the past. Today, Web 2.0 tools – Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and literally hundreds of other tools – are all around us, on the computer, mobile, tablets and even TV. The social learning potential of Web 2.0 lends to good pedagogy by default owing to the necessary learning by doing approach. Web 2.0 also stimulates quality learning outcomes through increased engagement and empowerment.
The Individual Learning Framework and Application Potential of Web 2.0An individual learns through various roles, situations and sources by undertaking the required learning activities.
It is in these learning activities that Web 2.0 finds widespread application. Web 2.0’s application potential is supported by its pedagogic utility, access and usability.
The Learning Activities facilitated by Web 2.0 are as follows: -
- Searching and Connecting to Content
- Peer and Community Learning through Participation and Communication (Social Networking Presence)
- Creating, Publishing and Sharing Content
- Collaborating for Content Co-creation and Validation
- Organizing Content for Productivity, Record-Keeping and Research
Web 2.0 and Online Short VideosSuccessful application of Web 2.0 is a function of skills and effort. Acquisition of Web 2.0 skills requires the learner to learn and practice at the same time mostly on a PC, laptop or a tablet. Given this, the utility of short simple videos ( 3 to 5 minutes duration ) assumes significance. Short videos with their learner-centric, outcome-oriented content present a powerful learning tool option unlike seminars and physical workshops.