Web 2.0 Collaborative Learning Tool Dynamics
Marianna Vivitsou (University of Helsinki, Finland), Niki Lambropoulos (London South Bank University, UK), Sofia Papadimitriou (Greek Educational Television, Greek Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs, Greece) and Alexandros Gkikas (Greek Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs, Greece)
Copyright: © 2009
Social web asynchronous communication environments provide the space for content creation, idea sharing and knowledge construction within a participatory and collaborative framework that encourages online community establishment and evolution. However, community development is a long-term process and necessitates the adoption of appropriate theoretical principles to support a developmental scheme ensuring the community’s exploratory, knowledge-based and reflexively expanding character. This chapter discusses and analyses the techniques and tools used in an online course aiming to enable Greek teachers develop their pedagogical and digital skills in order to keep update, form new relationships and grow professionally. To this end, e-course design was based on formal learning principles underlying the virtual classroom activities during which a collaborative culture was built. Also, the course structure involved informal learning principles, which were integrated into social web activities implemented on weblog and wiki artefacts created and used by participants as individual and collaborative learning tools. Through the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data gathered during the study it became evident that weblogs and wikis contributed to the growth and evolution of Greek educational networked communities and that a new online identity emerged.