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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-017-02-0311


Realising the Potential of Web 2.0 for Collaborative Learning Using Affordances

Andreas U. Kuswara (Macquarie University, Australia)

Debbie Richards (Macquarie University, Australia)

Abstract: With the emergence of the Web 2.0 phenomena, technology-assisted social networking has become the norm. The potential of social software for collaborative learning purposes is clear, but as yet there is little evidence of realisation of the benefits. In this paper we consider Information and Communication Technology student attitudes to collaboration and via two case studies the extent to which they exploit the use of wikis for group collaboration. Even when directed to use a particular wiki designed for the type of project they are involved with, we found that groups utilized the wiki in different ways according to the affordances ascribed to the wiki. We propose that the integration of activity theory with an affordances perspective may lead to improved technology, specifically Web 2.0, assisted collaboration.

Keywords: Web 2.0, activity theory, affordances, collaborative learning

Categories: H.4.3, J.1