Multimethod Classroom Instruction as Applied Constructivism: Redefining Pedagogy in the Web 2.0 Era

By Musonda Kapatamoyo.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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The paper offers a constructivist theoretical approach to understanding my pedagogy using Web 2.0 applications for class instruction. Students in this ongoing research are described as co-creators of learning outcomes. Web 2.0 technologies which are abundant to students in class and outside provide an any-time-any-place learning environment through social networking sites, cloud computing, social tagging and bookmarking. Most of these applications are accessible through the ubiquitous device independent Internet.
The research shows that while traditional teaching methods are still relevant for the type of students attracted to universities, the use of Web 2.0 applications to stimulates reflection and actively involves learners in their own construction of knowledge, which leads to powerful learning experiences.

Keywords: Web 2.0, Ubiquitous learning, Tagging, Digital natives, Net generation, Generation Y, Co-creators Constructivism, Constructivist, Understanding pedagogy, Constructivist teacher, Social tagging and bookmarking, Technology affordances, Interactive applications, Social networking, Wisdom of crowds, Architecture of participation, Perceived usefulness, Perceived ease of use, Architecture of assembly, Darwikinism, Folksonomy, Real simple syndication, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Production of knowledge, Teaching models, Web 2.0 learning environments, Long-Term Transformation, Device-Independent Internet, Construction of Knowledge

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.93-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.589MB).

Dr. Musonda Kapatamoyo

Assistant Professor, Mass Communications Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, USA

I received my doctorate and a master’s in mass communications from Ohio University and joined the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Mass Communications in 2007 where I teach advanced multimedia and Web design. My research interests include; critical analysis of media, culture and technology; exploring world media systems; and comparing efficiencies of various technologies for communication. My publications, research and conference presentations included the multimedia use in mass media and convergence of electronic media technologies.