Next-Generation Teaching and Learning: Adopting and Adapting Web 2.0 to Pedagogy
Next-generation teaching and learning seeks to understand the student’s experience of participation and collaboration in utilizing social media/Web 2.0 tools and incorporating these tools into a student-centered learning environment. This chapter will explore how the embedded principles of participation, collaboration, cooperation, and creativity inherent in social media/Web 2.0 tools can be applied to student-centered learning principles such as learner engagement, interaction in learning and learner ownership and management of learning. The discussion will detail how social media/Web 2.0 tools can be utilized to empower learners to contribute to the course material, formulate and express their own insights and opinions, construct their own understanding of material and connect concepts to personal experience on current events, and learn from one another in collaborative environments. In addition, the paper will discuss constructivism as a foundational perspective that supports the use of social media/Web 2.0 technology in the classroom.