What is Crowdsourcing?

Crowdsourcing refers to a set of methods that can be used to motivate a community to contribute ideas, information, or content that would otherwise remain undiscovered. Its rapidly growing appeal stems from its effectiveness in filling gaps that cannot be bridged by other means. One of the most well known examples of this is Wikipedia, where volunteers provide information and definitions for subject matter of their expertise. Crowdsourcing generates what is known as the explicit form of collective intelligence. Knowledge is constantly refined through the contributions of thousands of authors. Within the academy, crowdsourcing is often a way for researchers to draw on public knowledge to provide missing historical or other specific details related to communities or families, complete large-scale tasks, or solve inherently complex issues. For many tasks, institutions are finding that amateur scholars or even people whose lives simply were contemporary to the event, object, images, or other research focus being documented are remarkably effective in providing deep level detail around a topic or in documenting a large body of materials.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • The core of education is the students' learning. A lot of highly skilled stakeholders is an untapped resource in co-creating digital learning environments - thomas.skovgaard thomas.skovgaard Dec 5, 2014
  • Active citizenship is at the core of our curriculum. Crowdsourcing allows students to work with a global or a local community in creating and sharing knowledge in a truly free learning environment. - ylva.pettersson ylva.pettersson Dec 7, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Does crowdsourcing also apply to the process within a class or a smaller group when they work together? A class or a single school may crowdsource many types of information as a part of their own learning process, but not in the end publish the results outside a select group. Lecture notes in Google docs is one example - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 24, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Having students do authentic research on (local) matters and contributing it - making a difference in our common knowledge-base - thomas.skovgaard thomas.skovgaard Dec 5, 2014
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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