Web 2.0 Based e-Learning Development Process

By Katerina Papanikolaou and Stephanos Mavromoustakos.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Up to now e-Learning platforms have not lived up to our expectations for achieving pedagogical objectives. The reason is that only part of the pedagogical process was being transferred to the virtual world; such platforms served mainly as material delivery channels. Most students find them boring and un-motivating thus losing interest in their e-learning sessions fairly soon. Learning is a social activity involving communication, community formation, information exchange and resource sharing between teachers and students and it is imperative that these aspects are transferred to the virtual classroom.

Traditional e-Learning platforms failed to address these aspects, creating an environment not conductive to learning. Students felt in isolation, cut-off from the rest of the class and unable to communicate and share resources information and experiences with the rest of the group.

In this paper we present an innovative method to bridge this gap with the inclusion of Web 2.0 functionality in the e-learning development process. More specifically we propose an e-Learning development process as an extension of our SpiderWeb Model with the following phases: a) formulation, b) planning, c) analysis, d) page generation and testing and e) Student and faculty evaluation. The advent of the social web is deemed to be the way transfer the social activities of learning into the virtual environment. Our model incorporates Web2.0 functionality in the development process. The Web2.0 tools such as Weblogs, wikis and shared streaming applications are analyzed and evaluated so as to be used effectively in the pedagogical process.

Keywords: Web 2.0 e-Learning, e-Learning Development, Social Network e-Learning

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 648.036KB).

Katerina Papanikolaou

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

K. Papanikolaou Received her BSc in Physics in 1993 from Imperial College London and her PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering with specialty in Telecommunications, form University College London in 2000. She received a BT and EPSERC scholarship for the PhD studies that specialized in the provision of broadband interactive services such as VoD from a distributed network of servers. In 2000 she was employed by Cyprus College and served her School and Department by various positions. Today she is Associate Prof. at the European University, Cyprus. Her research interests include computer networks, wireless senor networks, multimedia multicasting, web engineering, e-Commerce and e-Learning. She has participated in EU funded and locally funded research projects. She has published in the areas of computer networks, e-Learning and e-Commerce. She is serves in number of advisory committees and as an external examiner in various organizations.

Stephanos Mavromoustakos

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

S. Mavromoustakos Received his BSc(1994) and MSc(1995), MIBA(2000) degrees from Nova Southeastern University, USA and his PhD(2002) from University of Cyprus. He is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Computer of Sciences at the European University, Cyprus. Previously, he worked as a Managing Director for a reputable software development company. His research interests include software and web engineering, human-computer interaction, e-learning, e-commerce and information security. He has published several articles in refereed journals and international conferences. He participated in many national and EU funded research projects.

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