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The use of Web 2.0 technologies for enhancing course delivery

1. When, why, and how? I began to blog in 2004 (see, and I have had course-related websites dating as far back as 1994. See “Blogging, tweeting, facebooking, etc.” for further historical/philosophical perspectives and various other caveats and cautionary tales.

2. What about Blackboard? I use Blackboard for two purposes: 1) pointing students to my “self-hosted” course-related websites (cf.,, and and blogsites (cf.,, and, and 2) posting grades. Generally, I find that my “self-hosted” sites are more flexible and easier to use than Blackboard.

3. What about Facebook? Quoting from a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, “You hunt where the ducks are… Facebook is where… students are.” Thus, I republish my course-related blogsites (,, and at,, and

4. Some technical issues related to blogging

5. Research-related blogging

6. Sociological consequences

  • The web transforms the professor’s role from “sage on the stage” to “guide at students’ sides”.
  • The web encourages a more collaborative and interactive learning environment.
  • The web does not render faculty members obsolete (notwithstanding the recent Chronicle of Higher Education article to that effect).