Crowdsourcing the Curriculum: Public Participation in Redesigning a Planning Program

Posted: 13 Feb 2011  

Jennifer S. Evans-Cowley

Ohio State University (OSU)

Date Written: February 12, 2011

Abstract

City and regional planners are continually considering how best to engage the public in planning processes. The Internet provides a medium to engage them using a variety of tools and models. Recent intellectual advances in crowd wisdom have led to the development of web-based tools to support problem solving. Crowdsourcing has emerged as a web-based model to assist planners and others in solving complex problems. This article explores the use of crowdsourcing to support problem solving in planning. A case study of designing a planning curriculum using crowdsourcing is highlighted. In this case, crowdsourcing was a successful model for generating creative ideas to support curriculum revision. The study found that people chose to participate for altruistic reasons, such as an opportunity to contribute to the community, to contribute their knowledge, and that they wanted to be part of a conversation on the topic. This article considers the challenges and limitations of using crowdsourcing as a public engagement tool.

Suggested Citation

Evans-Cowley, Jennifer S., Crowdsourcing the Curriculum: Public Participation in Redesigning a Planning Program (February 12, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1760525 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1760525

Jennifer S. Evans-Cowley (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) ( email )

OH

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