We have lift off on the new Dundee e-MedEd Blog. This blog will be a hub for disseminating news, tips, ideas and links to other sites relating to medical education and on-line learning.
To kick things we’ll take a brief look at how the web has been changing over the past few years. A buzz phrase in e-learning and tech-geek circles is Web 2.0. But what is Web 2.0 and what was Web 1.0?
The worldwide web as many people use it is Web 1.0 where we look for information, find it and read it, in what is essentially a one-way process. With the development of new free and open source tools over the past few years the web has now become the read write web, a creative space and a place to network with other people. This is Web 2.0, it is a more social and interactive form of the web and it encompasses blogging, wikis, podcasts, photo and video sharing, social bookmarking and social networking. Individuals can now create and publish their own content using free tools which let you write and publish to the web without needing to be an IT anorak who understands html or xml. There is also growing interest and research into how Web 2.0 can support teaching and learnng across the continuum of education. For an overview on the changing nature of the internet and the world of Web 2.0, the new social, read write web check out this this video by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology of Kansas State University.