About the Social Web

The term Web 2.0 is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site gives its users the free choice to interact or collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators (prosumers) of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users (consumers) are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them. Examples of Web 2.0 include social-networking sites, blogs, wikis, video-sharing sites, hosted services, web applications,mashups and folksonomies.

Source: Wikipedia (2010, December 10) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0

Web 2.0 authoring forms can enable large numbers of people to co-create web content during a fixed period of time and also over extended time spans. Web 2.0 content is open to participants to create or manipulate by commenting, editing, mashing, rating, and tagging. Communication about web content among participants may be facilitated via avatars, fans, friends, locating, profiling and syndication. While the iconic Web 2.0 sites encourage general public authoring of open content (Wikipedia, for example), they also support the establishment of private groups of participants (Facebook, for example). Web 2.0 sites designed for specialised user groups also flourish (Connotea for researchers, for example).

There are many published glossaries of Web 2.0 terms. A useful summary of Web 2.0 services and applications for higher education is provided in Anderson’s (2007) report published by the Joint Information Systems Committee in the UK: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2007/twweb2.aspx

Page source:
Gray, K., Waycott, J., Thompson, C., Clerehan, R., Sheard, J., Hamilton, M., & Richardson, J. (2011) Using Social Web (Web 2.0) Activities for Student Assessment: Resources for University Learning and Teaching. Retrieved from https://web2assessmentresources.wikispaces.com