This module explores several ideas and associated Web 2.0 tools that can be
used to build and/or extend Personal Learning Networks.
Discussion forums can serve as a learning tool that fosters in-depth,
academic discussion, an arena in which students work collaboratively
or conduct peer analysis, or simply a place where they can virtually
communicate with each other. This module provides guidelines for creating engaging discussion questions for online and classroom based learning events.
A Blog Tool is a tool which provides an online forum, diary, or
journal. An entire class or selected individuals can access, add new
entries and comments, if these settings are enabled by the instructor. This module provides guidelines on the effective use of blogs in learning environments.
A Wiki can be thought of as a combination of a Web site and a Word
document. At its simplest, it can be read just like any other web site,
with no access privileges necessary, but its real power lies in the
fact that groups can collaboratively work on the content of the site
using nothing but a standard web browser. This module provides guidelines for implementing and assessing wikis in learning environments.