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ERIC Number: EJ1177266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Crowdsourcing and Self-Instruction: Turning the Production of Teaching Materials into a Learning Objective
Wilson, Matthew Charles
Journal of Political Science Education, v14 n3 p400-408 2018
This article describes a lesson plan that harnessed students' abilities to generate new teaching material by constructing country timelines. This involved "crowdsourcing," or the reliance upon task inputs from a large number of people to acquire information. The plan was motivated by an approach that conceives of learning as deriving from the joint activity of individuals with shared tools, and was geared toward promoting self-instruction alongside traditional lectures and exams. By relying on independent research and individual contributions to create a new teaching resource, the course facilitated strategic reading and peer learning and promoted a research-active learning environment. The experience encourages instructors to consider ways to use distributed learning in the classroom to make students both the producers and consumers of innovative content.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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