University of the West of Scotland

Projects

Ed2.0Work - European network for the integration of Web2.0 in education and work

Principal investigator : Professor Thomas M Connolly

Funding Body : EU LLP, KA3 Networks

Value : €599,847

Project Partners :

The mission for Europe is how to retain and increase its critical advantages by ensuring that its students and workers can utilize Web2.0 within their education and work. It is clear Web2.0 and Enterprise2.0 present great opportunities and challenges for educators and employers. The potential for autonomous creativity, research, communication and sharing by all stakeholders is a unique and unparalleled opportunity. Web2.0 may offer the fastest channel to tap human potential across all levels and raise productivity and growth in education and work.

In education, competent and confident students who use Web2.0 can find information, collaborate locally, nationally or internationally, be creative and utilize the tools to become autonomous lifelong learners. In fact, content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation (Pew Internet Teens and Social Media June 2007).

In the workplace, Web2.0 has the potential to increase efficiency and add value and could have more far-reaching organizational impact than earlier technologies. It can be used for individual or group content creation, community building, decision support and organisational learning. Clay Shirky, New York University, calls the underused human potential at companies an immense 'cognitive surplus' and one that could be tapped by participatory Web2.0 tools. Impediments to the use of Web2.0 at work include: organizational structure, inability of managers to understand the new levers of change, and a lack of understanding about how value is created using Web2.0 tools.

Today, our research indicates that there has been little joint discussion between educators and employers on the potential for synergetic working practices on teaching and using Web2.0. The project will use 4 channels:

  • Identify critical shared synergies of Web2.0 for education and work and how to utilize them.
  • Build a structure that will enable Web2.0 tool's real effectiveness to be evaluated to agreed standards leading to clearly defined uses and advantages.
  • Develop the network further, adding stakeholders including educational authorities, employers and employee organizations and associations.
  • Build a lasting Network that will provide a forum for educators and employers to discuss their needs and requirements from the dynamic online world as it further develops.

The aims of the project are:

  • To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning.
  • To encourage the best use of results, innovative products and processes and to exchange good practice in the fields covered by the Lifelong Learning Programme, in order to improve the quality of education and training.
  • To promote European co-operation in fields covering two or more sub-programmes - KA3.
  • European-wide stakeholders' communities promoting digital competence and other key transversal competences for life and employability.

More specifically, the objectives of the project are to develop:
Ed2.0Work promotes innovation and best practice in the implementation of the use of Web2.0 technologies for teaching and learning in education and the workplace. Ed2.0Work aims to:

  • Form a Network of organisations where Web2.0 technologies are use efficiently and effectively in education and the workplace.
  • Form three Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to examine issues and offer guidance.
  • Establish means and methods for participants to share their experiences, products and expertise.
  • Create and accredit a network of Centres of Excellence, through which multipliers can be sought.
  • Produce a series of core publications on working with Web2.0 technologies in different contexts and disciplines.
  • Run a Web2.0-services portal for teachers, workplace trainers and teacher trainers.
  • Enhance value to existing best practice by widespread dissemination.
  • Further expand the network.
  • Establish a forum for sustainable development and growth.

In order to achieve this, it will:

  • Identify methods and approaches to teaching and learning with Web2.0 technologies.
  • Promote Web2.0 educational technologies, relating its use to key competences.
  • Collect, validate and widely disseminate the use of Web2.0 educational technologies.
  • Encourage teachers to use Web2.0 educational technologies and resources creatively.

To achieve these aims, Ed2.0Work will:

  • Undertake research and publish the "state of the art" in Web2.0 usage in education and workplace training.
  • Examine pedagogical approaches to the use of Web2.0 usage in education and workplace training.
  • Produce guidance resources for teachers and teacher educators.
  • Establish SIGs themed on resources, pedagogies, curriculum including and criteria for excellence and quality.
  • Create a Ed2.0Work website with Web2.0-services offering access to materials, an online community, a catalogue of training opportunities and Ed2.0Work products, research reports, resources etc.
  • Disseminate Ed2.0Work and widen the community via the extended networks of partners.
  • Establish a forum for sustainable development and growth.

Project Website: http://www.ed20work.eu

Check out: Introduction to Web2.0 Course