Instructional Design for Beginners

1.4 Web 2.0: Discovering the pedagogical value in emerging technologies

From the video, it is clearly evident that the Internet is changing society in India. According to the Web Generation 2.0 Survey conducted by Tata Consulantcy Services, 70% of India's Urban youth spend more than 30 minutes on the internet everyday. The most popular social software is Orkut at 71% usability, followed by facebook and youtube.Kundu (2010) explains that using various technologies like the PDA, web 2.0, animations, simulations, games among others are providing opportunities to innovatively interact online.

Online content creation -
The creation of online content (i.e., this page you are reading) usually occurs through the use of specialized Web-authoring applications. Many online course content developers often use professional HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) authoring applications such as Macromedia Dreamweaver or Microsoft FrontPage. Instructors, however, generally do not have these applications on their computers and must author their pages in specially equipped computer labs that have these applications and must use less sophisticated applications such as Netscape Composer, or the built-in HTML editor in Moodle. However, tools like weebly require little to no HTML to be able to create neat, well designed content for online instruction.

a. Understanding Emerging Technologies
The world is our classroom, are we ready to innovate? Yes, indeed a powerful question. As an Instructional Designer, it is necessary to keep up with web 2.0 technologies to not only broaden your knowledge about the tools available but to understand the pedagogical implications of such tools. Anderson (2004) says, to maximize the use of the web, the instructional designer and instructor (course author) should choose, adapt, and perfect educational activities that enhance critical thinking in the students’ of the now. The following readings will shed light on the subject and will help inform your practice. We will deal with this topic in detail in later modules as we proceed with this course. 
b. Mobile Learning

Such tweet sorrow” is a theatrical performance of an age old classic love story “Romeo and Juliet”. Using twitter, the internet, their laptops and mobile phones, six actors take to a virtual stage in modern Britain and live the experience in real-time for five weeks. In India, however there is a slow progression of mobile educational activities. Certainly mobile learning has been gaining credibility over the years and with new and advanced handheld devices it reassures the shift of anytime, anywhere learning. MoLeNET (2010) defines mobile learning as “The exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together with wireless and mobile phone networks, to facilitate, support, enhance, and extend the reach of teaching and learning”. With the growth of mobile phone companies, decreased call rates and increased availability of mobile phone, mLearning is sure to power through the hurdles to be used effectively in education in India.

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