In the academic year 2009/2010 the Centre of eLearning of Inholland University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands conducted research into learning practices implementing web 2.0 technology, with a specific focus on views of the students. The main research question for the Students’ Voices II , a sequel to the first stage of the Students’ Voices project, is formulated as:
Which characteristics in successful learning practices implementing the Web 2.0 technology may serve as leading principles for redesigning learning environments in similar contexts?
The effective implementation of ICT, especially the Web 2.0 applications, is considered to be of vital importance in realizing learning practises where students and pupils on the one hand, and the educational institute and teachers on the other hand have a joint responsibility for the learning contents and process. However, these applications, also referred to as the social web with major key words such as ‘openness’, ‘sharing’ and ‘creativity’, are mainly used in personal environments and seldom used in learning environments brought forward by educational institutes.
This research investigates possible matches between these informal and formal learning processes in learning and teaching via a cross-case analysis of five innovative learning practices in the Netherlands.
The description of the learning practices gain insight into the aspects contributing to successful results: motivation and ownership of all parties involved, characteristics of the context, contents of the learning practices, didactical strategy, choices with respect to media and communication, features of target groups and other parties involved, available learning environments, and supplementary conditions which may have been part of creating a successful environment.