ERIC Number: EJ1052498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Crowdsourcing Content Creation in the Classroom
Hills, Thomas T.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v27 n1 p47-67 Apr 2015
The recent growth in crowdsourcing technologies offers a new way of envisioning student involvement in the classroom. This article describes a participatory action research approach to combining crowdsourced content creation with the student as producer model, whereby students' interests are used to drive the identification and creation of educational content. This article first describes how this approach is grounded in cognitive psychology and aligned with contemporary learner-centered approaches to education. A case study is then provided detailing how this conceptual framework was implemented in an undergraduate psychology course on persuasion and influence. Two specific applications of this approach are described, one involving found content--with students identifying, explaining the research basis for, and archiving examples of persuasive content, they discover outside the classroom, in a public blog entitled Propaganda for Change--and a second involving content creation--with students producing their own persuasive messages that promote pro-social messages of their choosing. This framework offers a promising contemporary approach to learner-centered education and shifts the burden of education from figuring out how to expose what students know and are interested in into helping them construct relationships between content and their own prior understanding of the world.
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Collaborative Writing, Student Participation, Participatory Research, Action Research, Case Studies, Course Content, Student Interests, Psychology, Undergraduate Students, Web Sites, Persuasive Discourse
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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