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The Internet is the dominant platform in use today for the development and use of educational applications, collaborative workspaces, portals and websites. From having been created as a basic communications protocol, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) has gone through much iteration to allow for greater collaboration and communication (Providenti, Zai III, 2007) which has led to it become the world's most powerful communications platform. As a result it is commonplace to find distance learning programs and online programs that are entirely Web-based and delivered over the Internet. The collection of strategies, techniques, and programs to enable excellence in education delivered over the Internet is called Web-based Instruction (WBI). Collectively the study of distance and online learning techniques, platforms, strategies and initiatives is referred to as WBI and is forming the foundation of change management strategies in many learning institutions' growth strategies, writes (Khan, 2003). Dr. Badrul Kahn (2003) has also defined an entire framework of e-learning dynamics that is widely used by higher education institutions to define how technologies will be aligned to teaching processes. His e-learning framework is considered one of the most practical and theoretically sounds in this area.
As a result of the pervasiveness of the Internet's use, there are several dozen application development tools and entire online environments available for creating online learning, tutorial and teaching applications. These development tools and environments have also given instructors the ability to create online courses rapidly, including digital content in the form of video and sound to enrich the students' learning experience. As development tools and applications offer instructors the opportunity to create their own online courseware, and also give experienced developers the flexibility of defining online applications, collaborative workspaces and portals, there is the need for ensuring these interactive environments encourage active, versus passive learning as well (Mitchell, Honore, 2007).
The advent of Web 2.0 technologies (Bernoff, Li. 2008), (Mitrano, 2006), (Wildstrom, 2007) have major implications for the use of technology in teaching, as these technologies together form the foundation of a more collaborative, agile learning environment online. The concept of Web 2.0 is attributed to O'Reilly (2005) and taken…[continue]
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