Volume 6

Volume 6, Number 64

December 24, 2008

17 pages839 K bytes

Web 2.0 Matters: An Analysis of Implementing Web 2.0 in the Classroom

Patricia Sendall
Merrimack College
North Andover, MA 01845 USA

Wendy Ceccucci
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT 06518 USA

Alan R. Peslak
Penn State University
Dunmore, PA 18512 USA

Abstract: Web 2.0 tools are collaborative Internet applications that allow for facilitation of communications between individuals and organizations. Examples of Web 2.0 tools include blogs, wikis, Second Life, and social networking. This manuscript reviews classroom implementation of Web 2.0 tools at three Northeastern US universities. The importance of Web 2.0 instruction is examined via literature review and pre and post class testing of the students involved in the courses. It was found that knowledge of Web 2.0 skills is generally regarded as being very important. Students who took the course and were educated on Web 2.0 skills increased both their knowledge and comfort level after the course. A detailed analysis of student perceptions both prior to taking the course and after instruction are reviewed.

Keywords: Web 2.0, information systems pedagogy, wikis, collaborative learning, social software, social networking, constructivism, and education

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Recommended Citation: Sendall, Ceccucci, and Peslak (2008). Web 2.0 Matters: An Analysis of Implementing Web 2.0 in the Classroom. Information Systems Education Journal, 6 (64). http://isedj.org/6/64/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2008: §2713. ISSN: 1542-7382.)