Thomas Connolly – University of the West of Scotland
Gavin Baxter – University of the West of Scotland
The principal aim of this study is to provide an overview of the ‘state of the art’ of empirical evidence related to the use of Web 2.0 technologies in education and the workplace. However, one of the other salient aims of the study is to identify examples of best practice associated with the use of Web 2.0 technologies in higher education and enterprises in addition to Web 2.0 implementation frameworks that have the potential to assist educators and management practitioners in introducing Web 2.0 tools into their respective environments.
the study provides a valuable resource of information to the wider academic and practitioner communities regarding how Web 2.0 technologies are currently being applied in both educational and enterprise related contexts. Furthermore, in addition to examining the context of use, the systematic literature review performed in the study aims to examine, compare and contrast the findings of empirical studies associated with Web 2.0 use in education and industry to identify the effectiveness and impact of Web 2.0 technologies and to disseminate the benefits of their use to educators, management practitioners or trainers who are unfamiliar in adopting their use.
The systematic literature review also identifies potential barriers towards the use of Web 2.0 technologies and provides a set of models, one designed to be adapted for educational settings and the other for industry that advocate a set of steps to undertake when introducing Web 2.0 technologies into these environments for the first time.