This discussion focuses on the utility of two unique Web 2.0 tools designed to elicit more interaction among students and to increase learning outcomes while instructing at a distance. While Web 1.0 could be described as that iteration of the World Wide Web that focused simply on making information accessible, the philosophy of Web 2.0 applications is based upon user-centered designs and the proliferation of volunteer collaboration. Fortunately, the explosion of Web 2.0 technologies and social networking platforms have provided a wide array of applications uniquely suited to addressing distance education challenges. We discuss the application of two Web 2.0 technologies, VoiceThread and LibraryThing, believed to support instructors' social presence, learners’ engagement, and course learning outcomes.
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Bradt, S. W., & Tackett, S. (2011). Facilitating Online Collaboration and the Development of Digital Communities. Perspectives In Learning, 12 (1). Retrieved from http://csuepress.columbusstate.edu/pil/vol12/iss1/7