Using Web 2.0 to teach Web 2.0: A case study in aligning teaching, learning and assessment with professional practice

  • John Terrell RMIT University
  • Joan Richardson RMIT University
  • Margaret Hamilton RMIT University


Web 2.0 technologies have transformed the way people in information industries engage with their clients, collaborate on projects, promote their services and gather community knowledge. In this paper, we describe the impact of industry adoption of Web 2.0 technologies on an information management course. The students in this course are either already working in or plan to be entering information professions such as librarianship, archiving, records management, information architecture, and information and knowledge management. The lecturer and tutors for this course are changing the way learning is assessed and constructively aligning it with industry expectations for library and information graduates. Specifically in this paper we focus on the impact of the Web 2.0 affordances on student learning, the assessment process, and constructive alignment of intended learning outcomes with industry expectations in an information management blogging assignment. These findings are from the final stage of an Australian project where case studies of subjects that used Web 2.0 tools to assess student work were documented. Analysis of the students' blogs reveals exploration of the new tools used in a professional manner, greater collaboration and improved communication within the subject.


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Author Biographies

John Terrell, RMIT University
Lecturer, Information Management
School of Business IT & Logistics
RMIT University
Joan Richardson, RMIT University
Deputy Head (Learning and Teaching)
School of Business IT & Logistics
RMIT University
Margaret Hamilton, RMIT University
Senior Lecturer
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
RMIT University