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?

  • Crowd sourcing is an agile way of progressing ideas and innovation - to help all thinkers / educators progress ideas that society values (and have been deliberately prepared to support)- janine.harper janine.harper Feb 21, 2016
  • The role of crowdsourcing is being felt increasingly across many areas of our lives. Students in creative industries are crowdsourcing funding for their creative projects, the process of crowdsourcing is probably an assessable activity in some design and business schools. Researchers are using crowd-sourced problem-solving strategies, distributed computing systems and similar approaches to extend their ability to process vast quantities of data. I think we'll also start to see through new models of collaborative learning that interaction with the crowd is already part of the process of learning. What was once a relatively small PLN can grow exponentially to an amorphous crowd that is informing the development of what we learn, and how we learn. The recent adage of "I keep my knowledge in my friends" can be extended to I keep my knowledge in my friends, my friends in my devices and my friends are everyone that I can engage with through my devices. Think about Duolingo in language learning as an example of these processes already in action - k.flintoff k.flintoff Feb 16, 2016- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 20, 2016 interesting- janine.harper janine.harper Feb 21, 2016watching this space with great interest I agree crowdsourcing has potential in a research content and crowd funding is tragically already be used to fund students educations, however educational institutions facing ever diminishing funding from governments could turn to crowd funding. - stephan.ridgway stephan.ridgway Feb 18, 2016 The researchers in universities already have that available to them: http://www.pozible.com/research - k.flintoff k.flintoff Feb 18, 2016 - helen.farley helen.farley Feb 21, 2016 [Editor's Note: Added here from RQ2.]

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