Privacy in Web 2.0 Learning: Experiences with the Acceptance of Working Professional Students

By Christian Kaufmann, Gerd Holweg, Harald Wahl, Peter Balog and Alexander Mense.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Nowadays, digital technologies affect our entire life, so it is not surprising that they also change the way we learn and teach. Key elements of e-learning are the time and mostly local independence of the learner. Therefore, learning has become “mobile” and is no longer tied to the presence at the school, the college, the university or the workplace at home. As a consequence, teachers and lecturers are required to adapt to the altered circumstances and to revise their teaching methods. Sometimes, new methods include progressive ideas like using Social Media platforms for providing learning content—platforms, which are usually used for private matters only. Besides traditional teaching methods, the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in Austria offers several e-learning methods to enrich teaching and learning processes in different degree programs which are organized as full-time, part-time, and distance learning courses. The acceptance of the method is a key element for the learning progress, the acceptance of different e-learning methods has to be measured.
In particular, the question of major interest is, whether the university can advance with learning content into the private community platforms without decreasing the acceptance of our students. For this purpose, a student survey was conducted. The results show that several Web 2.0 services are widely used by students however the educational utilization is very difficult because of the diversity of the provided services and students acceptance to use these services not only for their private live.

Keywords: e-Learning, Web 2.0, Social Networks

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.25-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.546MB).

Christian Kaufmann

Deputy Program Director, Department of Information Engineering & Security, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria

Christian Kaufmann is Deputy Program Director of the bachelor’s degree program Information and Communication Systems and Services and works in the Department of Information Engineering & Security. His teaching experiences cover Bachelor and Master courses in the field of information security and management, network engineering and business processes. Beside information security his research interests addresses information management as well as didactics.

Dr. Gerd Holweg

Lecturer, Department of Information Engineering & Security, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria

Gerd Holweg is lecturer and coordinator at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, giving courses mainly in web development, databases, information retrieval. Research and project work is mainly done in the fields of usability, accessibility, eLearning and information management. Further interests are focused on Personal Learning Environments with a main emphasis on search engines, annotation concepts and semantic technologies. He was member of several e-learning projects and also gives courses in distance learning degree programs.

Prof. Harald Wahl

Deputy Program Director, Department of Information Engineering & Security, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria

Harald Wahl is Program Director of the bachelor’s degree program Traffic and Environment at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and Deputy Program Director of the master’s degree program Information Management and IT Security. His academic background is Technical Mathematics with the focus on Information Technologies, he has gained professional experience mainly in the area of Web Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests are in the field of the Semantic Web, Semantic Technologies, Natural Language Processing, e-learning, and didactics.

Prof. Peter Balog

Head of Department, Department of Embedded Systems, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria

Peter Balog is head of the Embedded Systems Department as well as director of the undergraduate degree program in Information and Communication Systems and Services and the graduate degree program in Embedded Systems. His teaching interests include Computer Architecture, Software Design for Embedded Systems, and “Distributed and Real-Time Systems”. Besides these subject areas he deals with didactical approaches suitable for students who need to combine professional life with academic education.

Prof. Alexander Mense

Head of Department, Department of Information Engineering & Security, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria

Alexander Mense is Program Director of the master’s degree program Information Management and IT Security and the Head of Department of Information Engineering & Security at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien. As such, he is responsible for the coordination of teaching and of projects in this area. His teaching experience in the field of information technologies covers Bachelor and Master degree programs for fulltime, part-time and distance learning students.