Abstract—The purpose of this paper was to explore the
awareness and use of Web 2.0 tools by the first year
Information Science (IS) students at Walailak University (WU),
Thailand. The first year IS students at WU, who enrolled an
Information Literacy course in the first semester, 2013
academic year, were identified as the population of this study.
Two hundred and six undergraduates completed a
questionnaire of this study. The results, therefore, showed that
the first year IS students of WU were quite familiar with some
of Web 2.0 tools, such as YouTube, Blogs, Wikis, Instant
messaging and Social Networking sites comparing to other Web
2.0 tools, such as RSS feeds, Flickr, and Podcast. Walailak
University should take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies to
enhance learning of the Net generation or digital natives. Based
on these findings, the study recommended the integrating a unit
of Web 2.0 tools in curricula, providing a unit of Web 2.0 tools
in Print and incorporating a unit of Web 2.0 tools in Social
Network to improve the Information Science student skills for
future information professionals.
Index Terms—Information science students, internet, software tools, web 2.0 tools.
Suthanya Doung-In is with the School of Informatics, Walailak University, Thailand (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Suthanya Doung-In, "Exploring the Awareness and Use of Web 2.0 Tools by the First Year Information Science Students, Walailak University, Thailand," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 279-284, 2018.