Web 2.0 Impact on Human Learning and Education: Following the “Big Idea”

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The impact of Web 2.0 on human learning and education is examined by following Jarvis’s (2006) definition of learning from five interrelated perspectives: 1) the person in the world; 2) the person experiencing the world; 3) transforming the content of the experience; 4) transforming the person experiencing the world; and 5) the changed person in the world. Web 2.0 technology is changing the way humans live and work, it also is changing the way humans learn in the processes of being and becoming. To take full advantage of Web 2.0 revolution, educators need to shift their perceptual understanding of Web 2.0 impact on education to a conceptual understanding. Web 2.0 impact on education is more than affording educators with a new set of pedagogical tools; the “big idea” (Papert, 2002) of Web 2.0 is its power in shifting human learning from a partial experience to a holistic learning process: learning through collaboration, learning through collective intelligence, learning through data and information sharing, learning through employing social networking tools, and learning as an integrated life experience (O’Reilly, 2005).

Keywords: Human Learning, Web 2.0
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Li Zhou

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, Department of Early Childhood Education, Ohio University
Zanesville, Ohio, USA

Dr. Li Zhou is an assistant professor of early childhood education at Ohio University_Zanesville, Ohio, USA, since 2004. She was an instructor in the Department of Professional Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2001. She taught at Sichuan Teachers’ University, China from 1987 to 1992. Dr. Li Zhou received her doctor degree in elementary education, and her master degree in applied linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Li Zhou’s research interests are theories of learning, and technology and learning. She also serves as the assistant editor of the AURCO Journal, published by the Association of University Regional Campuses of Ohio, USA.

Dr. Da Zhang

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science Technology, Ohio University
Lancaster, Ohio, USA

Dr. Da Zhang is currently an assistant professor of Computer Science Technology at Ohio University Lancaster. Dr. Da Zhang graduated from Anhui Normal University with BA in English Language and Literature in 1983 and then obtained his MA in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at University of Science and Technology of China in 1988. Since 1994, he continued his study and obtained his MS in Instructional Technology and Information Systems at East Texas State University, MS in Computer Science and Information Systems, and Ed.D in Supervision, Curriculum, Instruction in Higher Education at Texas A&M – Commerce. Dr. Da Zhang taught computer science and information system courses at Central Carolina Technical College in South Carolina, worked for Cisco networking regional academy, and now teach computer science technology at Ohio University Lancaster. Dr. Da Zhang’s main research interest lies in online course design and development, instructional technology in teaching science, and network emerging technologies such as network security, wireless network, and Web 2.0.

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