• Karin Heuert Galvão

Web 2.0 & Social Media

In 2004, at the Web 2.0 Conference, later called Web 2.0 Summit, things changed for Distance Learning.

After this, it was possible to store information in clouds and back up data from the software. At this point, it was not necessary to have something like Microsoft Word installed on your computer to write a text. You didn’t have to store everything on your computer anymore, and you could use Google Drive or Office Live. Your browser had finally become your place to work.

Well, well, well…


Web 2.0 has a very particular characteristic; now, you can have something we call “collective intelligence” and “collective collaboration.” It enables us to work together, in a Google Docs file, for example.


In this period, the user was not considered a passive piece of the puzzle anymore, and now they can actively engage in discussions and produce content. Before Web 2.0, the user could only download content, but they could not react to it.


In 2009, Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle published an article entitled “Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On”. This article showed the importance of collective intelligence and collaboration and why platforms such as Facebook and YouTube have succeeded.


Everything changed in 2004, and Distance Learning became something that is supposed to be active and collaborative. So why are some courses/classes still going against this?


I’m sure you learn a lot from reading posts on social media, don’t you? Social media became the place for not only start relationships but also a place of learning. Social media networks are now sometimes used as a tool, instead of LMS (Learning Management Systems), because they allow the collaboration necessary in today’s


In summary, it’s high time we have a combination of LMS and social media to maximize learning.



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