eLearning in the Web 2.0 Era – Lessons from the Development of the Language Learning Environment

  • Artur Janc
  • Łukasz Olejnik
  • Paul Kastner
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 37)


Recent advances in Web technologies have enabled the creation of new kinds of eLearning applications which have the potential to supplement existing solutions. In contrast to traditional educational software often developed by large corporations leveraging their existing customer base and distribution channels, Web 2.0 educational platforms are commonly created by small technical teams with limited advertising and development budgets. In this work we use our first-hand experience from developing Lingro, a popular on-line language learning environment, to compare and contrast the traditional and new approaches for creating eLearning systems. We introduce Lingro as an example of a next-generation language learning application, and use it to illustrate Web 2.0 concepts and industry trends, as well as their relation to traditional practices. We provide a general overview of relevant development and business issues, analyzing changes in software development methodologies, ways of acquiring and creating educational content, learning styles and financial and marketing information.


language learning informal learning process eLearning models Web 2.0 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Artur Janc
    • 1
  • Łukasz Olejnik
    • 2
  • Paul Kastner
    • 1
  1. 1.Lingro IncBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Adam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznanPoland

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