The usefulness of the internet in our daily lives cannot be over-emphasized. It has, in no small measure, aided the rapid growth experienced in the social media space. With the advent of web 2.0, which is the second generation of web development and design, the social media networks have been transformed because it has facilitated communication, information sharing, interoperability, user friendly design and collaboration on the World Wide Web. It has also facilitated the development and evolution of so many web based community services and web applications. An easy example that comes to mind include social network websites, videos sharing sites and blogs.
The ground work for this amazing breakthrough in the development of the web 2.0 began in 2004 in a conference session involving O’Reilly and MediaLive. In this session, they formulated what makes up web 2.0 and went ahead to define it as a business revolution in the computer industry caused by a move to a new platform which is the internet and a way to understand the rules for success guiding this new platform. The most important of those rules is to build applications that harness network effects to become better the more people use them.
This amazing development has changed the way we learn, socialize and communicate and it has made life more pleasant and encouraged a more interactive learning environment which translate to better understanding of the subject under discourse.
The internet has created a platform that encouraged online learning by aiding the design and development of networks that allow people to come together and assist each other in mastering and understanding any topic that seems difficult to any student using the web 2.0 platform. Examples of these networks include, Moodle and Blackboard.
Moodle is a Learning Management System tool that has helped in deploying internet based courses on websites. It is a global development project that have been deployed to support a social framework for education. Moodle is available as an open source software under the GNU public License.
Blackboard is a commercially available Learning Management System that is being utilized by the University of Sydney to deliver online classes. It is a web based server software platform which have features such as course management, an easy to customize open architecture and a scalable design that makes it possible to be linked with the school’s student information system.
There are several other learning management system developed by many universities around the world and educational communities to help revolutionize the way we learn and all these would not have been possible without the power of the internet.