Corneli, Joseph and Mikroyannidis, Alexander
(2012). Crowdsourcing education on the Web: a role-based analysis of online learning communities.
In: Okada, Alexandra; Connolly, Teresa and Scott, Peter eds.
Collaborative Learning 2.0: Open Educational Resources.
Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 272–286.
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Learning online has significantly evolved over the past decade due to the emergence of Web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies that facilitate social learning in adaptive online environments. The open content movement and the associated techniques of crowdsourcing (i.e. assimilating several small contributions into resources of high quality) have further influenced education on the Web. This chapter investigates the concept of crowdsourcing in education through an analysis of case studies dealing with two open online learning communities, Peer 2 Peer University, and PlanetMath.org. The case studies proceed via an analysis of the various roles played by the individuals involved in each organization. The outcomes of this analysis are used to extract general recommendations for building online communities and applying crowdsourcing techniques in educational contexts.
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