MOOCs and Crowdsourcing: Massive Courses and Massive Resources

First Monday, Volume 20, Issue 12, December 2015

16 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2015

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John Prpić PhD

Thompson Rivers University

James Melton

Central Michigan University - College of Business Administration

Araz Taeihagh

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Terry Anderson

Athabasca University

Date Written: December 16, 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, xMOOCs, cMOOCs, Open Collaboration, Crowdsourcing Tournaments, Virtual Labor Markets, Algorithms, Analytics, Education at Scale, Learning at Scale, Learnersourcing, IT structure, Crowd size, Openness, Intermediation, Extension MOOCs, Connectivist MOOCs, Assessment, Social Media

Suggested Citation

Prpić, John and Melton, James and Taeihagh, Araz and Anderson, Terry, MOOCs and Crowdsourcing: Massive Courses and Massive Resources (December 16, 2015). First Monday, Volume 20, Issue 12, December 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2704610

John Prpić

Thompson Rivers University ( email )

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James Melton

Central Michigan University - College of Business Administration ( email )

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
United States

Araz Taeihagh (Contact Author)

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore ( email )

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Li Ka Shing Building, Level 2
Singapore, 259771
Singapore
+65 6601 5254 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.taeihagh.com/publications

Terry Anderson

Athabasca University ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2H2
United States

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