UK Universities brings web2.0 tools in education

UK-based universities are taking education into different direction. E-Learning experts are bringing new generation of interactive online communication tools, known as web 2.0 to deliver academic content.

They are using various sorts of communication tools, including pod-casting for mini lectures, mobile phones and iPods. On the other hand, students are against this movement. According to research, called Learner Experience Project carried out by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) students want to be left alone. Based on qualitative research, JISC shows that students are using IT to manage their social lives but they are unaware of how they could use IT skills to enhance their studies. Lawrie Phipps, JISC project Manager stated that universities can use web2.0 more sensibly in education. Social -networking sites allows students to create their own groups and academic communities in areas like bio-medicine. The project also shows that web 2.0 and social networking have the potential to bring distance learning students closer together in what would be a virtual campus.

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