Web 2.0 and Higher Education:
Its educational use in the University Environment

Raúl Santiago Campión, Fermín Navaridas Nalda,
Didactics and Scholastic Organization, Universidad de La Rioja
Antonio Medina Rivilla, Didactics, Scholastic Organization and Special Didactics, National University of Distance Education, Spain

Abstract

The aim of this study is for the teachers in higher education to provide relative information about the use of the web 2.0 resources within its context and within the framework of the university staff training program. In this context, we have developed a tool in order to study 400 teachers attitude, use and perceived usefulness of web 2.0 resources at the Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED: largest distance university in Europe). Findings indicated that while some teachers feel that some web 2.0 applications can be effective at increasing satisfaction with a course, improving their learning and their writing ability, and increasing teachers interaction with students; few choose to use them in educational contexts. Additional results indicated that teachers use the 2.0 resources in accordance with the role of “content consumer” more than a “content creator.

Resumen

El objetivo de este estudio es recabar información sobre la utilización de las tecnologías 2.0 en el contexto universitario y en el marco de la formación de los profesores.

En este sentido, hemos desarrollado una herramienta con el objeto de estudiar la actitud, grado de utilización y utilidad percibida entre de 400 profesores en el uso de las herramientas 2.0 en la UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, la mayor universidad europea en número de alumnos).

Los resultados muestran que si bien los profesores consideran que las herramientas web 2.0 pueden ser eficaces y mejorar la motivación en el aprendizaje por parte de los estudiantes y también mejorar el grado de interactividad entre los docentes y los alumnos. Algunos de ellos las utilizan en contextos educativos. Otros resultados indican que los docentes acostumbran a utilizar los recursos 2.0 mas como “consumidores de contenido” mas que como “creadores de contenido”

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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