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Recommended Citation: Sendall, P, W Ceccucci, and A R Peslak.  Web 2.0 Matters: An Analysis of Implementing Web 2.0 in the Classroom.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2008, v 25 (Phoenix): §2713. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 6(64). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Web 2.0 Matters: An Analysis of Implementing Web 2.0 in the Classroom

Refereed16 pages
Patricia Sendall    [a1] [a2]
Management Information Systems
Merrimack College    [u1] [u2]
North Andover, Massachusetts, USA    [c1] [c2]

Wendy Ceccucci    [a1] [a2]
Information Systems Management
Quinnipiac University    [u1] [u2]
Hamden, Connecticut, USA    [c1] [c2]

Alan R. Peslak    [a1] [a2]
Information Sciences & Technology
The Pennsylvania State University    [u1] [u2]
Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

Web 2.0 tools are collaborative Internet applications that allow for facilitation of communications between individuals and organizations. Examples of Web 2.0 tools include blogs, wikis, Second Life, and social networking. This manuscript reviews classroom implementation of Web 2.0 tools at three Northeastern US universities. The importance of Web 2.0 instruction is examined via literature review and pre and post class testing of the students involved in the courses. It was found that knowledge of Web 2.0 skills is generally regarded as being very important. Students who took the course and were educated on Web 2.0 skills increased both their knowledge and comfort level after the course. A detailed analysis of student perceptions both prior to taking the course and after instruction are reviewed.

Keywords: Web 2.0, information systems pedagogy, wikis, collaborative learning, social software, social networking, constructivism, and education

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