Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2015

Abstract

Premised upon the observation that MOOC and crowdsourcing phenomena share several important characteristics, including IT mediation, large-scale human participation, and varying levels of openness to participants, this work systematizes a comparison of MOOC and crowdsourcing phenomena along these salient dimensions. In doing so, we learn that both domains share further common traits, including similarities in IT structures, knowledge generating capabilities, presence of intermediary service providers, and techniques designed to attract and maintain participant activity. Stemming directly from this analysis, we discuss new directions for future research in both fields and draw out actionable implications for practitioners and researchers in both domains.

Keywords

MOOCs, Crowdsourcing, Openness, IT-mediation, Large-scale participation, Online education, Formal education, Education assessment, IT-mediated Crowds, Virtual labor markets, Open collaboration, Tournament competitions, Peer grading, Education analytics

Discipline

Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

First Monday

Volume

20

Issue

12

ISSN

1396-0466

Identifier

10.5210/fm.v20i12.6143

Publisher

University of Illinois at Chicago Library

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i12.6143

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