Collaboration, collation, and competition: Crowdsourcing a directory of educational technology tools for teaching and learning

  • Enda Donlon Institute of Education, Dublin City University
  • Eamon Costello National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University
  • Mark Brown National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University
Keywords: crowdsourcing, EdTech, motivation, engagement, collaboration, competition, case study

Abstract

This paper reports on a distinctive one-year online open crowdsourcing initiative which originated in the Republic of Ireland with a view to compiling an A–Z directory of educational technology tools for teaching and learning. Through analysis of multiple sources of data, the paper presents an intrinsic case study which outlines the design and implementation of the initiative and offers critical insights into engagement and participation in the project. The study found that participants from across the spectrum of educational sectors contributed to this project from a range of geographical locations, with significantly greater numbers engaging with the directory of educational technology tools that resulted from the crowdsourcing activity. It concludes that the creative project design, combined with a novel crowdsourcing methodology encompassing elements of collaboration, competition, and gamification, were strong motivational factors for participation. The case study provides a valuable context for considering the wider potential of this particular crowdsourcing format (and crowdsourcing applications in general) for teaching and learning purposes.

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Author Biographies

Enda Donlon, Institute of Education, Dublin City University

Enda Donlon is an assistant professor in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies at Dublin City University Institute of Education where he teaches on the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning. His research interests include Web 2.0 technologies, virtual environments, open source technologies, and the applications and potentials of new and emerging digital technologies for education (with a particular focus on teacher education).

Eamon Costello, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University
Eamon Costello is acting Head of the Open Education Unit which is part of the National Institute for Digital Learning in Dublin City University. He has research interests in digital, online and open learning; and expertise in developing and delivering online programmes.
Mark Brown, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University

Mark Brown is Ireland’s first Professor of Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU). He is a Fellow and Executive Committee member of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN)and serves on the Supervisory Board of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). He also chairs the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Steering Committee for the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and until recently served on the Board of the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Mark has played key leadership roles in the university-wide implementation of new models of teaching and learning and has published extensively in the fields of Blended, On-line and Digital (BOLD) education. In 2017, the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) recognised Mark as a world leader in Open and Distance Learning and he is Chair of the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning which will be held in Dublin in November 2019. 

 
Published
2020-04-27
How to Cite
Donlon, E., Costello, E., & Brown, M. (2020). Collaboration, collation, and competition: Crowdsourcing a directory of educational technology tools for teaching and learning. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 36(3), 41-55. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.5712
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