Different spaces: Staff development for Web 2.0


  • Gayani Samarawickrema Deakin University
  • Robyn Benson Monash University
  • Charlotte Brack Monash University




This paper reports on a collaborative staff development activity run across two Australian universities, for academic staff integrating Web 2.0 technologies into their teaching. It describes a three-week long virtual workshop on teaching with wikis, where participants in two groups developed a group project as students and then assessed the work as teachers. Participants were guided through a central Wikis in Higher Education wiki which provided the resources and communication supports. The experience suggested that teaching in a Web 2.0 space requires new thinking about pedagogy and that peer learning and the development of an online community are helpful for effective professional development. In closing, the paper reflects on the successes and limitations of this virtual workshop model.


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Author Biographies

Gayani Samarawickrema, Deakin University

Lecturer at the Institute of Teaching and Learning at Deakin University

Robyn Benson, Monash University

Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

Charlotte Brack, Monash University

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University




How to Cite

Samarawickrema, G., Benson, R., & Brack, C. (2010). Different spaces: Staff development for Web 2.0. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1101