When Does Collaborative Work Fall Into This Trap?Posted: September 11, 2014 Filed under: Education | Tags: advocacy, blogging, collaboration, community, crowdsourcing, curriculum, education, educational problem, educational research, ethics, feedback, Generation Why, higher education, in the student's head, interested parties, learning, principles of design, student perspective, students, teaching, teaching approaches, thinking, universal principles of design, University of Southampton, Victor Naroditskiy Leave a comment
A recent study has shown that crowdsourcing activities are prone to bringing out the competitors’ worst competitive instincts.
“[T]he openness makes crowdsourcing solutions vulnerable to malicious behaviour of other interested parties,” said one of the study’s authors, Victor Naroditskiy from the University of Southampton, in a release on the study. “Malicious behaviour can take many forms, ranging from sabotaging problem progress to submitting misinformation. This comes to the front in crowdsourcing contests where a single winner takes the prize.” (emphasis mine)
You can read more about it here but it’s not a pretty story. Looks like a pretty good reason to be very careful about how we construct competitive challenges in the classroom!