Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World

The Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience (CLEX) – an independent body backed by leading bodies in UK higher and further education – has produced a final report on Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World.

It looks at issues such as:

  • the current use of such technologies in higher education
  • student expectations and competencies
  • skills, technical and pedagogical issues for staff
  • the drivers of change

The site also contains the report of a comparative international review covering the USA, Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands.

The report has been discussed in The Guardian and the online community is having its say on Twitter.

Meanwhile from policy to practice – Web 2.0 tools are being actively used by academics and others within Higher Education – the video below shows how Twitter is being used to facilitate class discussion by UT Dallas Professor Dr. Monica Rankin – even when she can’t be there.

Do high-level reports such as the CLEX Inquiry help to support current practice in terms of teaching and learning innovations? Or are such mechanisms inherently behind the times for those making use of these tools already? Or is the Web 2.0 approach a gimmick that gets in the way of effective educational outcomes?

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