Web 2.0 and Collaborative Learning in Higher Education

Web 2.0 and Collaborative Learning in Higher Education

Anna Escofet (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain) and Marta Marimon (Universitat de Vic, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch047


The dissemination of university knowledge has been traditionally based on lectures to students organised in homogenous groups. The advantages of this method are that it can give a unified vision of content, guaranteeing equal access to knowledge for all students. The 21st century university must combine its learning and teaching methods and incorporate different strategies and educative resources, as well as seeking to advance individuallearning and promote collaborative work. The relevance ofWeb 2.0 is clear in this university learning context as it enables collaborative work to be carried out using ICT. In this chapter, we will deal with the different possible uses of social software in university teaching. We will show that the proper use of Web 2.0 tools can favour collaborativelearning and promote new ways of teaching and learning.

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