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. The global expansion of the internet and its permeation into everyday activities has led to an increase in the use of crowdsourcing as a method of gathering information. One of the most well known models 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. Today, news outlets are the most prominent examples of crowdsourcing. Stations are leveraging social media outlets, such as Facebook’s live stream and Twitter’s Periscope, as sources of real-time updates and information via text, images, and video. Additionally, 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.

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

  • could help to maintain updated educational materials in different languages and globally available - Jorge.bossio Jorge.bossio Oct 1, 2016
  • Tutoring and advisory educational services could be delivered using crowdsourcing in an efficient way - Jorge.bossio Jorge.bossio Oct 1, 2016

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

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