Employing Web 2.0 tools to deliver e-learning across hemispheres

Successful delivery of work-based e-learning requires attention to mechanisms offering peer communication, flexibility and support (1) ScHARR Information Resources design, develop and deliver a programme of work-based e-learning courses for library and information professionals, in the UK (in collaboration with the Strategic Health Authority Library Leads (SHALL)) and in Australia and New Zealand (in collaboration with ALIA – the Australian Library and Information Association). The programme is entitled FOLIO – Facilitated Online Learning as an Interactive Opportunity. Staff at the University of Sheffield use an online in-house tool to create online documents and to host files, discussion and blogging. After using external wiki tools such as PBWorks it was agreed to host supplementary resources on this platform named uSpace. •Courses are delivered primarily by email, with supporting web materials – such as Wiki pages, discussion forums, podcasts, online quizzes, and other web resources. The focus is on ease-of-access, using online tools that are freely available. • Peer communication, and indeed collaboration is an important element of the course, and contributes to an effective and enjoyable learning experience. Positive feedback regarding this aspect of the course, and use of Web 2.0 tools covered on our uSpace resource, indicates that learners benefit from being able to communicate and collaborate efficiently