The UW has finally jumped in to the Web 2.0 pool. Ok, to be fair, they aren’t really jumping in, more like putting a toe in many pools, testing the waters and seeing which of these “new” technologies will work best for us.
From a staff standpoint, what I really want is a blog (OBVIOUSLY!) and some collaboration tools — such as a place to share and edit documents and maybe some organizational tools. But the coup de grace would be if the UW could create a platform for students to generate content. Basically, I’m suggesting a Facebook/Fark/Slashdot platform but all with an eye toward education.
Students, staff, and faculty would all contribute the content (from news stories to original research to class discussions) and would all be able to comment, tag, blog, and basically change the content in the ways that Web 2.0 allows.
Unfortunately, it looks like they are searching through a list of content management systems, none of which are extensible enough for what I’m suggesting, but all of which will do the job.
What I don’t understand is why we need to buy a whole new Web 2.0 package. Can’t we roll our own? The Computer Science departments at UWT, UWB and Seattle could collaborate and come up with a solution for the UW.