What is Collective Intelligence?

Collective intelligence describes the knowledge embedded within societies or large groups of individuals. In its explicit form, collective intelligence appears to be the knowledge gathered and recorded by many people, a model being Wikipedia, which is a repository of content that has been refined through the contributions of thousands of authors. Collective intelligence also accounts for intelligence that is generated implicitly simply through an individual’s clicking patterns and other activities online. On the whole, collective intelligence is a phenomenon made possible by the internet that can be used to educate humanity as well as inform profit-seeking stakeholders about what people know and do in the modern era.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • This process also works alongside "distributed learning" or "distributed innovation" to engage students in a collaborative, exploratory process to emerge as creators/co-creators in their learning. - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 19, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • This could play a large role in iteration of work and taking learning back to the "process" in turn, creating a product. - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 19, 2014
  • I guess content/ information filtering and sharing (and curation) would fit in here? The need for the overwhelming amount of online information to be organised and filtered for relevance and quality remains a big requirement for practitioners - robyn.jay robyn.jay Feb 20, 2014
  • The idea of personal and organizational knowledge management is linked to this. Harold Jarche (jarche.com) has been writing about this for years. And it is a different way of looking at social curation, the sharing of artefacts and links for a social purpose such as learning, collaboration or participation in a community. Over the last five years we have seen an explosion of social curation tools, such as Pinterest and Scoop.It. But our learning management systems still put curation of knowledge artefacts mostly in the hand of the lecturers, and sparingly in the hands of the learners. - j.seitzinger j.seitzinger Feb 23, 2014

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Collective intelligence could greatly impact how teachers approach creation with students, and how students place value on peer feedback- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 19, 2014
  • Developing a curation habit and processes for that habit, will be invaluable to a learner's working future and is essential for lifelong learning. These processes need to be portable beyond the limited time spent at the institution. - j.seitzinger j.seitzinger Feb 23, 2014

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