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Web 2.0 Technologies in E-Learning

Web 2.0 Technologies in E-Learning
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Author(s): Utku Köse (Usak University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 23
Source title: Free and Open Source Software for E-Learning: Issues, Successes and Challenges
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Betul Özkan Czerkawski (University of Arizona South, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-917-0.ch001


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Web 2.0 is the second face of World Wide Web with its revolutionary features and technologies. Web 2.0 takes users to a dynamic environment, where they can build or control more personal, social and flexible web contents. These functions attract educators’ attention and enable them to use Web 2.0 technologies in E-Learning activities. As a result of using Web 2.0 technologies, a new generation learning form: E-Learning 2.0 comes to life. This chapter will discuss the roles of Web 2.0 in E-Learning, analyze free and open source E-Learning 2.0 applications, and discuss the future of the Web. The features of Web 2.0 and its popular technologies will be explained first. Later, the roles of Web 2.0 technologies in E-Learning activities and E-Learning 2.0 will be discussed. Following that, free and open source E-Learning 2.0 applications will be analyzed. At last, new generations within the future, Web 3.0 and Web 4.0 will be discussed.

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