Learning 2.0: Using Web 2.0 Technologies for Learning in an Engineering Course

Thomas Connolly, Carole Gould, Gavin Baxter, Thomas Hainey

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Technology, and in particular the Web, have had a significant impact in all aspects of society including education and training with institutions investing heavily in technologies such as Learning Management Systems (LMS), ePortfolios and more recently, Web2.0 technologies, such as blogs, wikis and forums. The advantages that these technologies provide have meant that online learning, or eLearning, is now supplementing and, in some cases, replacing traditional (face-to-face) approaches to teaching and learning. However, there is less evidence of the uptake of these technologies within vocational training. The aims of this chapter is to give greater insight into the potential use of educational technologies within vocational training, demonstrate that eLearning can be well suited to the hands-on nature of vocational training, stimulate further research into this area and lay foundations for a model to aid successful implementation. This chapter discusses the implementation of eLearning within a vocational training course for the engineering industry and provides early empirical evidence from the use of Web2.0 technologies provided by the chosen LMS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigher Education Institutions and Learning Management Systems
Subtitle of host publicationAdoption and Standardization
PublisherIdea Group Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781609608859
ISBN (Print)9781609608842, 1609608844
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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