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 principle of crowd sourcing is that more heads are better than one. In schools too often important decisions are made by few individuals. Using Crowd sourcing with all the school's stakeholders for ideas, skills, or participation, the quality of content and idea generation in most cases could be a lot better than today. There is a trend towards more teachers involvement in professional development, letting the teachers pitch in ideas on what they want to learn and how. The same should be applied with other important decisions involving the school. It is a great way to get students, teachers, other staff, parents and the community to contribute and be involved in the decision making. The technology makes this possible in a whole new way. - ann.s.michaelsen ann.s.michaelsen Oct 28, 2013 - stasele.riskiene stasele.riskiene Nov 3, 2013
  • Well, a school is certainly a community in itself (of students, teachers and parents) and it exists within a wider community of local residents and organisations, and the school's teachers are part of a wider national, and even international, community of teachers .... so, in principle at least, technology which draws on a community to solve a problem should be very useful to schools. The conventional way to solve a school problem such as finding extra funding to improve the playground or to obtain some more musical instruments or to find local work-experience placements or to get more people to help with the summer fair is send out emails and letters appealing for help or suggestions. If crowd-sourcing is more efficient than emails, letters, notices, word-of-mouth etc, then certainly it could be very useful for schools.- paul paul Nov 3, 2013
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on European schools education?

  • he potential impact of this for school could be that the stakesholders get more inovlved with the schools and by that contribute to the school's development in the community. Norway in general has low parent participation in the higher grades compared to primary school. This could be a way to engange the parents. - ann.s.michaelsen ann.s.michaelsen Oct 28, 2013
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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