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The Wisdom of the Crowd: A Crowdsourcing Approach to Compiling a Directory of Teaching and Learning Tools

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Presentation delivered at #ilta2016 conference about Project 252 (http://project252.donenda.com) @proj252 #proj252

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The Wisdom of the Crowd: A Crowdsourcing Approach to Compiling a Directory of Teaching and Learning Tools

  1. 1. The Wisdom of the Crowd A Crowdsourcing Approach to Compiling a Directory of Teaching and Learning Tools Enda Donlon (@donenda) MDI / DCU ILTA Annual Conference 2016 “ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge” May 2016, Dublin #ilta2016 Image: https://pixabay.com/en/concert-crowd-audience-people-768722/ (CC0)
  2. 2. Simply defined, crowdsourcing represents the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call. This can take the form of peer-production (when the job is performed collaboratively), but is also often undertaken by sole individuals. The crucial prerequisite is the use of the open call format and the large network of potential laborers. Jeff Howe, 2006, http://crowdsourcing.typepad.com/cs/2006/06/cro wdsourcing_a.html Crowdsourcing “Simply defined, crowdsourcing represents the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call [...] The crucial prerequisite is the use of the open call format and the large network of potential laborers.” - Jeff Howe, 2006 http://crowdsourcing.typepad.com/cs/2006/06/crowdsourcing_a.html Image: Joi Ito https://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/15785885631 (CC BY 2.0)
  3. 3. Crowdsourcing in Education • access to a potentially global range and diversity of locations, opinions and problem-solving options; provides a means of voicing opinions that otherwise would not be shared; brings together communities of interest and concern (Paulin & Haythornthwaite, 2016) • assimilate many small contributions into resources of high quality (Cornelli & Mikroyannidis, 2012) • offers new ways of envisioning student involvement in the classroom (c/f students as producers) (Hills, 2015) • dissemination, negotiation and evaluation of scholarship (Veletsianos, 2013). Image: https://pixabay.com/en/mass-people-supporters-1355493 (CC0)
  4. 4. http://project252.donenda.com @proj252 #proj252
  5. 5. 26 X 2 = 52 26 Letters, 52 Weeks, 1 Year
  6. 6. Every 2 weeks (plus back catalogues)
  7. 7. Irish Times: 14 April 2015 (http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/our-top-50-education-apps-1.2170272)
  8. 8. @proj252 Regular updates (new letter, last day, milestones (100, 500, etc.) Automated tweets when new submission approved - automatically tagged with #proj252, #edchatie, #edchat, #ukedchat, #aussieed
  9. 9. 677 Contributions 96 Contributors (+ 29 anonymous) 26 Mean / Letter 24 (51) ‘double-ups’
  10. 10. 69627 contribution views (4th Jan 2016) 107224 contribution views (20th May 2016) 111+ countries
  11. 11. UsageKeywords
  12. 12. http://project252.donenda.com
  13. 13. The Wisdom of the Crowd A Crowdsourcing Approach to Compiling a Directory of Teaching and Learning Tools Enda Donlon (@donenda) MDI / DCU ILTA Annual Conference 2016 “ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge” May 2016, Dublin #ilta2016

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