The new way: Web 2.0

Workshop at NIASA, Pune

Objective Summary

With the advent of PCs and internet and its ubiquity, we spend our quality time searching, mailing, browsing and downloading. Look closely, Internet is much beyond all these activities we have been performing. Didn’t get it? Now peep into some student’s computer screen and don’t be surprised if he is found ‘wasting‘ his time on Orkut. Another student you will find has just finished commenting on someone’s Blog. Right, you guessed it. There has been phenomenal rise in the users of social networking websites (orkut, facebook etc.), blogs, forums, Wikis because these websites allow much more than browsing and just downloading the information. What’s unique with the Internet today? Today Internet allows equal participation by the user by means of discussions, comments, editing and posting of information. That’s the difference between being online and going online.

This new revolution is called web 2.0. And yes, I am fully aware that teachers are using word processors, presentation software and worksheets for delivering lectures and they also know how to fix LCD projector when it refuses to work.

Our focus here would be on making teaching a conversation rather than a lecture, sharing information and ideas rather than delivering them, making learning a user driven, social and making the discussion writable also instead of only readable.

So now we know the era of Web 1.0 has already passed and we could do very less about it. Contrary to earlier web practice, which was “read only”, Web 2.0 is participatory, discussion based, highly flexible and shareable.

The younger lot seems to be taking advantage of this very efficiently, and they have found themselves “involved and growing with it”. The younger lot also finds it comfortable to understand the interface and knows the ways in which to respond. We now only need to channelize this energy and knowledge to build up larger community of people which can share information over the Internet.

The workshop will focus at various ways in which e-learning can be implemented in education and how one can get most out of the presence of Internet in their premises. The workshop will also focus at Internet jargon and may wash away myths if any about use of Internet in education.

Workshop will in depth or in brief cover the efficient use of blogs, social networking websites, public forums, wikis and all that web 2.0 is all about, collaboration, teamwork and syndicating information on the Internet.

During these five days, our focus will be on collaborative learning, implementing participatory systems and creating a flexible, rewindable, forwardable, stoppable, creative and enjoyable education systems.