Web 3.0….Education 3.0?

I came across a neat article from 2007 called “The genesis and emergence of Education 3.0 in higher education and its potential for Africa.”  The authors use the term “Education 3.0” to describe the constellation of practices that might accompany the use of Web 3.0 technologies. Predictably, Education 2.0 are the practices that are afforded by Web 2.0 technologies, and so forth.  I quite like this terminology, because it implies that, like any operating system, the practices involves in education are always open to refinement and indeed need to be upgraded in order to get rid of existing bugs and take advantage of new developments.  In any case, what I’m most interested here is the idea of Web/Education 3.0 and the directions in which they point.  Here’s what the authors say regarding 2.0 vs 3.0:

Education 2.0 happens when the technologies of Web 2.0 are used to enhance traditional approaches to education. Education 2.0 involves the use of blogs, podcasts, social bookmarking and related participation technologies but the circumstances under which the technologies are used are still largely embedded within the framework of Education 1.0. The process of education itself is not transformed significantly although the groundwork for broader transformation is being laid down.

Education 3.0 is characterized by rich, cross-institutional, cross-cultural educational opportunities within which the learners themselves play a key role as creators of knowledge artifacts that are shared, and where social networking and social benefits outside the immediate scope of activity play a strong role. The distinction between artifacts, people and process becomes blurred, as do distinctions of space and time. Institutional arrangements, including policies and strategies, change to meet the challenges of opportunities presented. Education 3.0 as used here is embraces many of the concepts referred to by Downes (2005) in his concept of e-learning 2.0, but complements them with an emphasis on learning and teaching processes with a focus on institutional changes that accompany the breakdown of boundaries (between teachers and students, higher education institutions, and disciplines).


I’d take this upgrade even before an early release of iOS8.

What do you think?


2 thoughts on “Web 3.0….Education 3.0?

  1. Again, really interesting. Especially the values for schools with limited resources could be fantastic. Similarly to my other comment, I wonder how much it actually adds to what is learned, how well it is learned and how efficiently it is learned.

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