Have questions about teaching, learning, technology? Jessica is our Online Modality Instructor and she is here to help with any questions you have about teaching and technology. You can send in your questions through our CTLE email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Dear Jessica.
I see the CTLE EV-anar announcements each month, and I noticed one awhile back about Web 2.0 tools. At that time, I wasn’t sure that it was relevant to me and my teaching or even what Web 2.0 tools were. I know technology in education is the way of the future and I can’t afford to be stuck in the past. I googled “Web 2.0 tools” and I was inundated by the large number of responses and knew I couldn’t do this on my own. Could you please offer some advice? I really don’t even know where to start!
Excited but Overwhelmed
Dear Excited but Overwhelmed,
Welcome to the future, it’s a great place to be! Here is a great video that describes the Voice of the Active Learner as to how our students view education today. Considering this, we can see why it is so valuable to use the tools that are out there in our own teaching!
I can certainly see how you may have needed clarification of what Web 2.0 tools are and why you need to learn about them, as this is not a term that everyone is familiar with and there is a lot of information out there!
When the internet first became popular, it was a very static tool. You could utilize the internet to look things up (news articles, videos, etc.), but without extensive training in HTML code, it was very difficult for the common user to contribute anything. Web 2.0, as coined by Tim O’Reilly, describes the movement toward everyone having a more active role in the use of the internet (blogs, journals, YouTube, social media, etc.). With the advent of Web 2.0 tools, we turned from passive consumers of content to active producers, as the tools do the background work for you! You can read more about this here.
Although many Web 2.0 tools are designed to make our lives easier, as you mentioned when you “Google” Web 2.0 tools for education you will be amazed at the number of results you receive. It is easy for this to become overwhelming. Luckily, CTLE has a solution for this, our Web 2.0 Glossary located within our CTLE Organization in Blackboard! This Glossary is a work in progress and is expanding on a daily basis, so check back often!
To get you started, one of my favorite Web 2.0 tools is the online scheduling program, Doodle. This tool is extremely easy to use and very helpful. Also, it’s free! Have you ever tried to schedule a meeting or ask for feedback on a topic and found that your inbox is cluttered with replies that are hard to track? Doodle is a great solution to this! Check it out here.
In addition, I have recently become familiar with a tool that is offered to all our ERAU faculty, Kaltura. Kaltura is a very exciting service as it is a web-based video authoring platform that is integrated within our Blackboard courses! It makes it very easy for faculty to upload and embed videos into their course. I made this quick tutorial on how to create a video welcome in your announcements using Kaltura! I also made this tutorial with the Kaltura tool! I won’t be winning any Oscars for this performance, but it’s short and sweet!
For more ideas, please be sure to check out our Web 2.0 Glossary in CTLE’s Blackboard Organization under Teaching and Learning Tools. Also, I am glad you mentioned our monthly EV-anars, as this is the perfect place for you to start! Don’t forget to review our recorded EV-anars located in our workshops and trainings folder while you are there!
It is my hope that this has helped you become a little less overwhelmed and a lot more excited!