The Internet as God: Analysing Assessment in Web 2.0

Presentation at ALTA Conference, Sydney, 5-8 July 2009

6 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2013

Date Written: July 6, 2009


The advent of Web 2.0 is flagged as a revolution in technology having profound effects on global economic and social life. Web 2.0 harnesses the interconnectivity and interaction of the world wide web as a platform in itself. Education is not immune from this revolution, and has a lot to learn from the web 2.0 mantra ‘don’t fight the internet’. In the tertiary sector, while legal education in particular has arguably represented a more traditional approach to teaching and learning, many legal educators are integrating digital technologies into their teaching. This may represent a more contemporary approach to meeting our students’ learning needs, however this paper argues that web 2.0 demands more of us than simply a more flexible or technologically current approach to our teaching and the tools we use to help our students learn. Instead, it requires a paradigm shift in how we conceptualise teaching and learning. This is illustrated through an analysis of the use of blogs in a first year assessment task.

Keywords: higher education, technology, flexible learning, interconnectivity, social media, assessment, curriculum

Suggested Citation

Galloway, Kate, The Internet as God: Analysing Assessment in Web 2.0 (July 6, 2009). Presentation at ALTA Conference, Sydney, 5-8 July 2009, Available at SSRN: or

Kate Galloway (Contact Author)

Griffith Law School ( email )

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