Web 2.0 Support for Activity Led Learning in Computer Science
Web 2.0 provides a number of technologies that democratise the development and use of computer applications. Many of the new applications are social. Prominent examples include Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter and YouTube. In education the authors might draw upon the popularity of these new technologies amongst their learners to enhance their learning experience. In the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University they are investigating an approach which they have termed Activity Led Learning (ALL) to promote better engagement and an enhanced experience amongst their learners. Group work is an important part of ALL where the focus is on students learning through self-directed investigation, discovery and doing, rather than through the traditional approach of listening to lectures followed by associated supported tutorials or laboratories.