Looking back at my previous post Apps To Retain Language another way people are attempting to retain their language is via crowdsourcing. Live and Tell is a language website which allows anyone to contribute translations and stories to save and learn languages such as Navajo. As brilliant as that initiative is some people such as Maurice Claypole make the accurate observation that errors and inaccuracies can be made and thus learnt and repeated – that is not successful learning. Claypole argues only when professionals donate their time to help with such crowdsourcing as translations, will inaccuracies be reduced. Then again time is precious; so how many professionals can afford to give up this valuable commodity?
Facebook Page Crowdsourcing in Education
Live and Tell
Could crowdsourcing be used within the classroom for marking assignments? One professor at Duke University teaching a “This Is Your Brain On The Internet” class, tried this method in 2009 allowing students to evaluate class assignments, where crowdsourcing was used to grade each other. Professor Cathy N. Davidson tested this assessment approach via dividing fifteen students into rotating teams of two and assigned them to teach each class/come up with assignments by using a list of sources she provided. The same students were then to read and grade each assignment. Much criticism was written on Professor Davidson’s blog about her “experiment” yet she continued to defend it saying; “Education is way behind just about everything else in dealing with these [media and technology] changes. It’s important to teach students how to be responsible contributors to evaluations and assessment. Students are contributing and assessing each other on the Internet anyway, so why not make that a part of learning?” There wasn’t much of an update or final evaluation of the “experiment” however, I do believe Professor Davidson may have been correct in introducing this scheme in the classroom. The question is will this become a sign of the future? If the use of crowdsourcing assessments and grading in the classroom increases strict rules should apply to achieve “fair” marking. All in all though, a great and innovative idea.
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Facebook page on Crowdsourcing In Education
This week I will be discussing crowdsourcing within online and offline education. I thought it would be nice to start out with a video explaning what crowdsourcing actually is. Enjoy!