Crowd Sourcing = the Big thing. IT IS THE BIGGEST THING EVER.
Killed Britannica. Cold. In fact killed paper encyclopaedia’s cold.
Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. This process can occur both online and offline. The difference between crowdsourcing and ordinary outsourcing is that a task or problem is outsourced to an undefined public rather than a specific body, such as paid employees.
Outsourcing = acquiring the assistance of people from outside the formal paid roles and structures of the organisation.
Distributed group of people = diversity of people and skills, sometimes across disciplines or locations, virtual or real.
Not Paid Employees achieving core outcomes for the organisation?
THAT IS A CLASSROOM.
The teacher is the paid employee. The students are, for all definitions of the word, volunteers. Without their willing consent LEARNING CANNOT TAKE PLACE.
Distributed = the natural differentiation that takes place within a classroom. It also accounts for connections/relationships/learning that can take place across the classroom into/through/with other groups of people seeking to design solutions to the same problem.
BUSINESS GETS IT.
MUSIC GETS IT.
Education has looked at “enthusiasm to be popularly involved in a project” as a weakness. We decry our students for their sheeple behaviour, saying Peer Pressure and conformity govern them.
Crowd Sourcing is not about conformity. It is about exciting people, in groups, to voluntarily adopt similar behaviours to achieve a shared task. The Infographic states it clearly.
Guided Inquiry is Crowd Sourcing for Teachers.
Get on it.