Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 20

Volume 20 Number 2, Pages 123-128

Summer 2009


Teaching Tip
Microsoft or Google Web 2.0 Tools for Course Management


Thomas Rienzo
Bernard Han
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA

Abstract: While Web 2.0 has no universal definition, it always refers to online interactions in which user groups both provide and receive content with the aim of collective intelligence. Since 2005, online software has provided Web 2.0 collaboration technologies, for little or no charge, that were formerly available only to wealthy organizations. Academic institutions at all levels are experimenting with these technologies to improve student learning experiences, and prepare them for a world in which work can be effectively accomplished through collaboration over the Internet, and geographic and time differences become increasingly irrelevant in sharing knowledge. Web 2.0 technologies are not limited to enriching course content. They can also be incorporated into the management and the delivery of college courses as well as the coordination of virtual teams. Detailed comparisons of the two most popular Web 2.0 office technologies from Google and Microsoft are provided in this teaching tip with examples of ways that Google online applications are used in support of managing a large college-wide computing introductory course.

Keywords: Collaboration, Office Live, Google Docs, Course management

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Recommended Citation: Rienzo, T. & Han, B. (2009). Teaching Tip: Microsoft or Google Web 2.0 Tools for Course Management. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(2), pp. 123-128.