I am new to this technology, in fact this is the first blog I have ever made! As a lecturer in social work I can see that there is much potential in using blogs as a learning and teaching tool to augment existing teaching methods. But at the moment a lack of knowledge in both lecturers and students is a significant block as is our traditional views as to how learning should be facilitated in universites. In my brief experience some students expect to be spoon fed knowledge and can be resistant to being given more responsibility for taking a more pro-active approach to learning.
In my particular course it is important that students continue to learn together in each others presence as they learn alot about themselves and from each other. For example good face to face communication skills are fundamental to their professional role. But their learning could be developed further and perhaps deepened by the use of for example web based discussion groups.
Anyway I look forward to finding out more about what web 2.0 has to offer and how this might improve my ability to be a more effective lecturer/ tutor
See you next week