A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Tools

Posted: February 11, 2015 in Moodle MOOC posts

An Edudemic article, by Matt Bower, describing some features of many free Web tools – http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/csd6280.pdf

This article presents  the  outcomes  of  a  typological  analysis  of  Web  2.0 learning  technologies.  
A  comprehensive  review  incorporating  over  two  thousand  links  led  to  identification  of  212 Web  2.0  technologies  that  were  suitable  for  learning  and  teaching  purposes.  The  typological  analysis  then  resulted  in  37  types  of  Web  2.0  technologies  that  were  arranged  into  14  clusters.  
The  types  of  Web  2.0  learning technologies,  their  descriptions,  pedagogical  uses  and  example tools  for  each  category  are  described,  arranged  according  to  the  clusters.  Results  of  this  study  imply  that  educators  typically  have  a  narrow conception  of  Web  2.0  technologies, and  that  there  is  a  wide  array  of  Web  2.0  tools  as  yet  to  be  fully  harnessed  by  learning  designers  and  educational  research.


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