This thesis explores the possibilities described in the literature regarding the use of Web 2.0-media in education and learning, and explains to what extend these can be realized in the context of Danish High Schools. These possibilities seem to build upon a set of fundamental assumptions, to which this thesis will take a critical approach, which are seemingly neglected by the literature. This will help Danish High Schools as they seek to implement the new media into the education, as well as create the basis for future research on the subject, as the inherent weaknesses in existing theories are brought to light. A variety of qualitative data is used in order to gain insights into the two cases, and how Web 2.0-media is already used in education serving to highlight the various opinions about the possible usage of the media. Furthermore, it supplies the empirical basis needed, in order to evaluate the possibilities and challenges which are specified by the literature. The thesis is structured in three major sections. First is the analysis of the literature, where all the possibilities relating to the usage of Web 2.0-media in education are identified and generalized into five generic possibilities. Second is the two casestudies, where the current situation is described and the opportunities and challenges, in regards to achieving the possibilities are identified. Finally the challenges are gathered into seven fundamental conditions, each of which need to be realized in the High Schools if they wish to be able to achieve the identified possibilities. In the end two misconceptions are identified as being present in the literature pertaining to Web 2.0-media as educational tools; firstly, the idea that students are seeking an individual approach to learning and secondly, the assumption that students take on a constructivist approach to learning. Both are assumptions, which the cases in this thesis, do not support, and both have an impact on the identified fundamental conditions. Because of this, it’s argued that the misconceptions about students have a serious impact, upon the possible usage of Web 2.0-media as educational tools, as described by the literature. This in turn means that institutions who seek to implement these media should be wary of what purpose they should serve, as well as the challenges they may face by implementing them.
|Educations||MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis|
|Number of pages||188|