Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing, and Constructivist Pedagogy
John R Jungck, University of Delaware, United States
Global Learn, in Berlin, Germany Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Citizen Science has the potential to substantively transform the expectations of students, faculty, and higher education institutions: (1) Student work in Citizen Science has intrinsic value. (2) Citizen Science projects have an external audience. (3) Issues of equity and fairness in grading become transparent. (4) Students engaged in Citizen Science projects understand the relevance of science. (5) High level Citizen Science projects engage students in design. (6) Citizen Science citizens are apt to have a positive attitude about scientific research. (7) Citizen Science projects often involve very complex data and “eScience.” (8) Students can enjoy the joys of surprise of counterintuitive results. (9) “Citizen Sensors” produce not only fine-grained local, regional, and global coverage of environmental change and human networks. )10) Citizen Science affects government transparency and accountability.
Jungck, J.R. (2015). Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing, and Constructivist Pedagogy. In Proceedings of Global Learn Berlin 2015: Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 374-379). Berlin, Germany: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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