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Use of Web 2.0 technologies in LIS education: experiences at Tallinn University, Estonia

Sirje Virkus (Institute of Information Studies, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the experiences of the Institute of Information Studies of Tallinn University in introducing ICT, including Web 2.0 technologies, in library and information science education, and to explore the role that these can play in new models of learning and teaching.

Design/methodology/approach

Web 2.0 applications are reviewed in this paper and the role that these can play in new models of learning and teaching. The introduction of new technologies into library and information science (LIS) education is examined through a case study at the Tallinn University.

Findings

Web 2.0 is influencing the way in which people learn, access information and communicate with one another. The Institute of Information Studies of Tallinn University has a long history in using ICT in its teaching and learning. Experiences with open and distance learning and e‐learning have transformed teaching and learning, provided new alternative delivery modes, and helped to reach new target groups. Recently the staff have been experimenting with Web 2.0 technologies and a few have successfully adopted them in teaching and learning.

Practical implications

The paper suggests that in order to be successful in our modern society LIS educators should take advantage of new ICT and consider the learning preferences of digital natives as well as digital immigrants. Web 2.0 supports constructivist approaches to learning and has great potential to socialise online learning to a greater extent than we have previously seen. Web 2.0 technologies should be implemented taking into account pedagogical perspectives.

Originality/value

This paper supports the idea that integration of information and communication technologies, including Web 2.0 technologies, into LIS education is an important challenge for LIS educators.

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Citation

Virkus, S. (2008), "Use of Web 2.0 technologies in LIS education: experiences at Tallinn University, Estonia", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 262-274. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330810892677

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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