A Survey of Academics’ Views of the Use of Web2.0 Technologies in Higher Education

Thomas Hainey, Thomas Connolly, Gavin Baxter, Carole Gould

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Communication is no longer inhibited by boundaries. Communities of like minded people can form over countries and continents. Social media and collaborative technologies [Web2.0] have altered the social landscape, allowing students to collaborate, to be reflective and to participate in peer-to-peer learning. This paper presents the first empirical data gathered as part of a research study into the use of Web2.0 technologies in education. The results demonstrate that there are a number of barriers to the implementation of Web2.0 technologies, primarily lack of knowledge, lack of time and lack of institutional support. In addition, the results also demonstrate that many educators are still unsure ‘what’ Web2.0 really is and how it can be used effectively to support teaching. This correlates with the literature review carried out as part of this research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Joint Conference SOCO’13-CISIS’13-ICEUTE’13
EditorsÁlvaro Herrero, Bruno Baruque, Fanny Klett, Ajith Abraham, Václav Snášel, André C.P.L.F. de Carvalho, Pablo García Bringas, Ivan Zelinka, Héctor Quintián, Emilio Corchado
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-01854-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-01853-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


  • Empirical
  • Web2.0
  • collaboration
  • peer-to-peer learning
  • knowledge sharing
  • wikis
  • blogs


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