Supporting Collaborative Knowledge Construction with Web 2.0 Technologies

  • James D. SlottaEmail author
  • Hedieh Najafi
Part of the Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies book series (LSIS)


This chapter describes the recent evolution of the Internet into a set of socially oriented applications collectively referred to as Web 2.0, and discusses the application of these new functions for educational purposes. We suggest that to take full advantage of social, semantic, and aggregative properties of Web 2.0, the technologies must be integrated deeply into our instructional designs, which is very challenging to do. Theoretical models of pedagogical design will be required. We propose that the theoretical tradition of learning in knowledge communities may be a good source for such models and describe our own recent model, called Knowledge Community and Inquiry. Next, we present two exemplars of instructional design that adhere to the knowledge community approach, including a graduate seminar course that integrates wiki technologies and a high school biology course that integrates a content management system. We close with a discussion of the implications of such designs for learning and instruction in the twenty-first century and address next steps for educators.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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