UAB Web 2.0 Information

Darcy DiNucci first coined the term Web 2.0 in the article "Fragmented Future" in a 1999 edition of Print magazine, in which she predicted that collaboration and interactivity would be the key to the web of the future. Websites at the end of the 20th century were still largely non-interactive and contained static web content, which DiNucci refered to as the "embryonic web". The term really took wing at the 2004 O'Reilly Media Conference, in which open-source advocate Tim O'Reilly promoted the idea. Web 2.0 refers to a broad range of web-based applications that emphasize collaboration and information-sharing. Many online communities, hosted web sites, social networking platforms, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups (web pages that dynamically draw data from a variety of different sources, such as databases) and folksonomies (knowledge bases generated from collaborative tagging or indexing) make up the current world of Web 2.0.

Though it is debatable whether Web 2.0 is the starting point of a truly different Internet, applications developed for social interaction clearly marks a strong move from non-interactive, static web sites, and from websites from which a single entity broadcasts static information, to websites for which information is dynamically, socially constructed and streamed.

For educators, Web 2.0 may provide a different, and in many ways improved, means of teaching and learning. Strongly held principles of student-centered, collaborative learning are part and parcel of Web 2.0's intent to create a democratic web, in which all have a voice and a part in knowlege building. This page contains information about and some examples of Web 2.0 technologies, as well as contact information for experienced users of these technologies.

NOTE: The topics and list of experienced users are growing. If you would like to add to this list in any way, sharing information or being a topic expert, please contact Terry Harrington at">



Facebook - is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.

Facebook for Education

UAB Facebook Experienced Users

Craig Beard ("> - Sterne Library
Brooke Becker ("> - Sterne Library
Dana Hettich (">"> - Sterne Library
Sarah Jamison ("> - HR Training and Development
Heather Martin ("> - Lister Hill Library
Gabe Rios ("> - Lister Hill Library


Facebook Applications

Facebook Applications - programs developed specifically for Facebook. These are programs used to add functionality to Facebook.

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UAB Facebook Apps Experienced Users

Greg Caudle ("> - School of Public Health
Lisa Ennis ("> - Lister Hill Library



Twitter - a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages (of up to 140 characters)
known as 'tweets'.

Twitter for Education

UAB Twitter Experienced Users

Dana Hettich (">"> - Sterne Library
Sarah Jamison ("> - HR Training and Developlment
Gabe Rios ("> - Lister Hill Library


MySpace - a social networking service, similar to Facebook.

MySpace for Education

UAB MySpace Experienced Users

Sarah Jamison ("> - HR Training and Developlment



Flickr - an online photo management and sharing application.

Flickr for Education

UAB Flickr Experienced Users

Jason Baker ("> - Lister Hill Library
CJ Bryant ("> - Lister Hill Library
Dana Hettich (">"> - Sterne Library - a social bookmarking service for storing, sharing and discovering web bookmarks. Users tag each bookmark with
tags with freely chosen index terms (sometimes called folksonomy) for Education

UAB Experienced Users

CJ Bryant ("> - Lister Hill Library
Dana Hettich (">"> - Sterne Library
Heather Martin ("> - Sterne Library



Blogs - a contraction of "weblog", are types of websites usually maintained by individuals with regular commentary entries and often
providing a way to create user feedback.

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UAB Blog Experienced Users

Craig Beard ("> - Sterne Library
Brooke Becker ("> - Sterne Library
Lisa Ennis ("> - Lister Hill Library
Dana Hettich (">"> - Sterne Library
Pat Higginbottom ("> - Lister Hill Library
Sarah Jamison ("> - HR Training and Development
Heather Martin ("> - Sterne Library
Andrea Reiber ("> - Media Relations



Wikis - websites using wiki software, which enables the easy creation and maintenance of interlinked web pages, usually using a WYSIWYG
text editor

Wikis for Education

UAB Wiki Experienced Users

Diann Weartherly ("> - Sterne Library
Pat Higginbottom ("> - Lister Hill Library
Gabe Rios ("> - Lister Hill Library



Meebo - a web platform used to fuse any number of Instant Messenger services so that users can combine their "buddy lists" and
communicate with "buddies" from one central location.

Meebo for Education

UAB Meebo Experienced Users

Heather Martin ("> - Sterne Library
Lee Vucovich ("> - Lister Hill Library



iTunes - a proprietary digital media player application, used for playing and organizing music and video files.

iTunes for Education

UAB iTunes Experienced Users

Brooke Becker ("> - Sterne Library
Pat Higginbottom ("> - Lister Hill Library
Lee Vucovich ("> - Lister Hill Library



Podcasting - a series of digital media (audio or video) files that are released episodically and downloaded by users through web syndication. Note: iTunes is a great tool for subscribing to podcasts.

Podcasting for Education
There's Something in the Air: Podcasting in Education

UAB Podcasting Experienced Users

Terry Harrington ("> - ITIT 
Lee Vucovich ("> - Lister Hill Library



NetVibes - a multi-lingual, AJAX-based personalized start page or personal web portal, similar to Pageflakes, My Yahoo!,, iGoogle and Microsoft Live.

NetVibes for Education

UAB NetVibes Experienced Users

CJ Bryant ("> - Lister Hill Library


RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds - Really Simple Syndication is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated information from blog entries, news headlines, audio and video into a standard format.

RSS for Education

UAB RSS Experienced Users

Terry Harrington ("> - ITIT
Dana Hettich (">"> - Sterne Library



YouTube - a video-sharing website from which users can upload and share video files.

YouTube for Education

UAB YouTube Experienced Users

Dana Hettich (">"> - Sterne Library
Andrea Reiber ("> - Media Relations


Video Production

Video Production - creation of video content, from filming to editing. Note: while this topic has some overlap with iTunes
and YouTube, video production is independent of either.

Video Production for Education

UAB Video Experienced Users

Tim Cook ("> -School of Public Health
Tammy Edwards ("> - ITIT
Andrea Reiber ("> - Media Relations

Technology Workshops and Educational Offerings

Instructional Technology is committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing on-line and blended learning environments as well as providing training and support information for classrooms enhanced with technology. We offer courses on Blackboard Learn, additional tools in Blackboard Learn and Course Design. In addition to our traditional classroom courses we also offer an on-line course on using the “Teach Tab” in Blackboard Learn and two different individual hands-on labs that can be scheduled: Blackboard Learn Blended Learning and Classroom Technology.

For more information about our educational offerings please select the course below.


Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is UAB’s primary learning management system. Instructional Technology has created a series of hands-on training sessions to help faculty and designers use this system. Below are brief descriptions of the workshops offered. Click here for schedule details. 

Bb Learn Foundations

The Blackboard Learn foundations course is intended to introduce you to basic best practices for organizing, optimizing, and uploading content into a blackboard course. The course is intended for novice and new users of Blackboard who anticipate limited use of the system in their course offerings.

Bb Learn Basic

The Blackboard Learn Basic is designed for non-experienced users of Blackboard Learn who wish to extend their knowledge of the system. The Basic workshop will cover use and functionality of Vista's essential tools. 

Bb Learn Enhanced Workshop 

The Bb Learn Enhanced Workshop trains users who have already attended the Bb Learn Basic Workshop or are relatively proficient in their use of learning management systems. 

Bb Learn Grade Center

The Bb Learn Grade Center workshop trains participants on how to calculate grades using the grade center. The workshop is for users who have already attended the Bb Learn Basic Workshop or the Bb Learn Enhanced workshop.

Wimba Live Classroom Workshop

Wimba Live Classroom is a fully-featured, live, virtual classroom solution that includes audio, video, application sharing and content display. Its pedagogical design and ease-of-use ensures that educators and students engage as if they were meeting face-to-face. It supports audio, video, application sharing, and content display is just the starting point of Wimba Classroom's capabilities. Advanced features such as polling, whiteboarding, presenter on-the-fly, re-sizable chat areas and participant lists, usage analytics tools, and MP3 and MP4 downloads enable further dynamic interaction between students and educators.

Instructional Technology Training Schedule

Click for a full listing of workshops. This link provides details on registration, session date, time, and location. You can also access training and support materials on UAB’s BBLearn Support site.

Consultation Sessions

Design, Build and Teach

Consultation Sessions are available to provide assistance with design (organizing content, overall course functionality and objectives, creating assessment strategies, constructing effective test questions, fostering academic integrity, etc), building and teaching with technology (use of Blackboard tools, Respondus, Turnitin, Wimba).

To schedule a session, contact Katara Davis at"> - 934-0410 , Terry Harrington at"> – 934-0417 , Ronan O’Beirne at"> – 934-0455, or Brian C. Moon at"> - 934-8859.

Classroom Technology

Faculty members who teach in technology enhanced classrooms and wish to get more information on how to manage the technology, are invited to our Hands-On Labs. Hands-On labs are consultation sessions available to provide assistance with understanding and operating the technologies available to them in the classrooms, such as computer stations, document cameras, video/dvd players, microphone systems and the control panel.

ePortfolios: A Hands-On Introduction

An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is a purposeful and meaningful collection of work which can include text and media files.

Several portfolios can be created to serve different purposes. Each is formatted by its owner to match designated requirements. Students can showcase skills and accomplishments for prospective employers or entrance to graduate/professional programs. The ePortfolio can also serve as a personal archive of documents. Used in a course or program curriculum, ePortfolios can demonstrate student's achievement of required course or program competencies/outcomes as well as the process of getting there.

Contact Terry Harrington to arrange individual or group seminar or consultation session –">, 975-6552.

 Sloan-C Workshop Series

Sloan-C  Online workshops are available to UAB faculty interested in collaborating with peers and experts, worldwide,  via real-time and asynchronous meetings to learn more about teaching and improving on line and/or blended courses.   There is no cost to UAB faculty and instructional design staff.  

For detailed information about each workshop including the objectives,  content,  dates/schedule and log on information,  please visit Sloan – C Workshops.

To register, send a request to Ronan O’Beirne at"> with the name and date of the workshop.