The Learning Renaissance

Mike Wesch: The Machine is Us/ing Us: Explaining Web 2.0 (YouTube)

When Mike Wesch’s video explaining what made Web 2.0 distinctive was first published in 2007 it caused quite a stir in the learning community.

It showed how at to that time the internet was basically a tool for consumers – an online resource library of materials. Web 2.0, Wesch contended was changing that pattern by allowing everyone to compile and publish their own materials – that is they were producers as well as consumers.

Probably the most developed examples of Web 2.0 changing the face of the internet, and therefore the face of learning is in social networking sites and blogs where everyone can contribute without learning the programming language (html) required to compile online comments in Web 1.0.

In less than 7 years – effectively an internet generation – we have moved to Web 3.0! In this iteration, our preferences are noted by our patterns of previous use recorded so that we are given a more personalised use of the internet, in particular, with adverts and suggestions generated from our previous usage patterns, used to prioritise the content we see on-screen and the way it is presented.

The key question is, with the technology moving this fast, how is education developing to make learning a more personalised and satisfying experience?

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