E-learning with web 3.0


While web 1.0 refers to the original, information-oriented web, and web 2.0 refers to the social web, the term web 3.0 refers to the currently evolving version of the web, though there are different views of what it actually entails. It doesn't exist on any large scale yet but, depending on which view of web 3.0 you accept, it's possible to see the beginnings of a shift towards web 3.0 in a variety of recent developments.

Some see web 3.0 as the semantic web, also called the intelligent web, where software agents will use metadata to "read", collate and integrate information, enabling them to give what appear to be "intelligent" responses to human operators. (Note that this is not the same as artificial intelligence, where machines infer the meaning of web data as opposed to finding and processing it.) This idea is associated with Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the world wide web.

The notion of the semantic web often entails an increase in personalisation, with search engines, for example, tailoring search results to individual users, based on accumulated data about individuals' interests and preferences. We can see the beginnings of shift in this direction in the increasingly personalised search results returned by Google, or in the personalised newsfeeds on services like NewsTrust, which filters stories through a user's personal and social networks.

Some see web 3.0 as the geospatial web, where location is used to index information. We can see the beginnings of a shift in this direction with geosocial services like Foursquare and augmented reality services like Layar; for further detail on these, see the page on m-learning. Indeed, in 2009, Tim Berners-Lee suggested that the concept of the semantic web fits neatly with the emerging internet of things. Some commentators believe that the future web will look more like a virtual world which is navigated by avatars.

There is of course possible overlap between these various conceptions of web 3.0. For ideas on the future of the web, the internet and education, you might like to take a look at some of these resources:

For a collection of further academic and journalistic references about web 3.0, see the E-learning references page.

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