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NERCOMP Presentation

Dancing on the Bleeding Edge - The Implications of Web 2.0 



Topic Area 1: Technology for Teaching and Learning

Topic Area 2: Technology Support

Topic Area 3: Poster Session


Lead Presenter:

John E. Martin

Coordinator, Technology & Learning Center

Plymouth State University

17 High St, MSC#28

Plymouth, NH 03264 USA






Nathaniel “Casey” Bisson

Ken Kochien


Presentation Abstract

The recent emergence of a trend identified as Web 2.0 is heralding a new influx of challenges for educational institutions from faculty buy-in to the selection, deployment and maintenance of new campus-wide applications. This presentation is an overview of the technology, pedagogy and politics of the next generation of web apps.


Presentation Content


1. Statement of problem: What is so important about the phenomenon known as Web 2.0 and how do institutions balance the demand for emerging technologies against their already strained resources? 


2. Description: The term Web 2.0 was only recently coined by Tim O'Reilly but the apps and attitudes that shape his definition have been maturing for the past few years. The net experience is no longer satisfied by personal home pages and uni-directional communications. The new net experience is defined by its social impact, its facilitation of what George Siemens calls "connectivism." Generic apps such as blogs, wikis, podcasts and other forms of social software such as del.icio.us and Flickr, even mySpace and Facebook pose new challenges to be faced by not just IT departments but also the faculty and students we support.


3. Outcome: A clearer understanding of not only what Web 2.0 is, but also the impact that it has and will continue to have on educational institutions.


4. Importance or relevance: All institutions struggle to keep up with the growing demands of their user base when it comes to new technologies. It is essential that we stay abreast of current trends in order to best support those who will be using them.


Suggested Audience

Academic and educational technologists, faculty, technology integrators, technology evangelists


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