Universität Zürich Photographic History Summer School 1-4 June 2009

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What are we teaching?

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Why are we teaching it?

Photography Resources in a Digital Age

How are we teaching it?

Photography Resources in a Digital Age

What tools are we using?

Wikis http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/18/where-are-we-in-the-hype-cycle/

Web 2.0

3 key advantages of Web 2.0.

It offers a set of affordances that are not found in other technologies notably around the co-creation of knowledge and the support for on-line collaborative activities that can cross HEI and country boundaries.

Students are already using these technologies and are therefore engaged with them, and so willing to use them in their learning and finally,

many of them are free to use and come without the restrictions found in many institutional systems. Other advantages include the ability to aggregate information, data and ideas from different places quickly and easily and that the material continues to be available to the student after they have left university.


• New curriculum opportunities utilising the access to primary data and means of communicating through Web 2.0 channels

• New assessment opportunities as process becomes possible to track and record through Web 2.0 applications

• The use of Web 2.0 technologies to provide support before students arrive at their university.

• The development of new virtual learning environments (including personal learning environments) which are based on Web 2.0 technologies.

• Web 2.0 applications increasingly replacing desktop applications (notably the use of free productivity tools such as Google Docs instead of Microsoft Office).

• The use of identity management systems such as OpenID to provide access to an increasing number of both external and university based systems.


• A reduction in the ability of institutions to control the technology that students use in their learning.

• A reduction in the ability of institutions to control access to information that students use in their study.

Possible outcomes

• In the longer term a blurring of the boundaries of institutions as they become more permeable, with virtual learning environments outside the institution including people who are not members of the institution, and more information residing outside the institution.

Source: Armstrong, J., Franklin, T. (2009) A review of current and developing international practice in the use of social networking (Web 2.0) in higher education. Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience. [1]