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Leveraging Diversity (#CIRTLForum)

Workshop on the "wisdom of crowds" in university teaching by Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University
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Transcript of Leveraging Diversity (#CIRTLForum)

Leveraging Diversity
The Wisdom of Crowds in University Teaching
"Colourful Army," maistora, Flickr (CC)
Derek Bruff
derekbruff.com
@derekbruff
Aggregation
Open-Ended Questions
"Choices," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC)
Risk-Friendly Environments
"Little Shredder," clappstar, Flickr (CC)
"RGB," Rafael Nogueira, Flickr (CC)
Peer Review
Independence
Long Tails
"Grammar Police," Eli Reusch, Flickr (CC)
"DSC_7102," Nate Shepard, Flickr (CC)
"Scrabble's Long Tail," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC)
"Colourful Army," maistora, Flickr (CC)
Diversity
Decentralization
"Barracudas," Daniel Vaulot, Flickr (CC)
"Decentralization's great weakness is that there's no guarantee that valuable information which is uncovered in one part of the system will find its way through the rest of the system."

--James Surowiecki
Which of the following is most crucial to effective teaching with clickers?

A. Students responding to questions independently
B. Bar charts that aggregate results
C. Questions that allow open-ended discussion
D. Letting go of the coverage model
E. Creating safe environments for students to share
F. Uncovering diverse student perspectives
Twitter + Small-Group Discussion
"The Twitter Experiment"
Monica Rankin, History, UT-Dallas
Google Moderator + Q&A
"Project 365 #169," comedy_nose, Flickr (CC)
Backchannel
Prediction Markets
"Binoculars," Vestman, Flickr (CC)
http://markets.nitle.org/
Collaborative Writing
"Arguments," el patojo, Flickr (CC)
Skidmore College Greek Tragedy Wiki
https://academics.skidmore.edu/wikis/Greek_Tragedy/
"Going in, everyone had their own conceptions of the characters’ personalities and the themes they wanted to discuss, and I think we managed to reconcile these different thoughts into a unified whole."
Wikis
Derek's Story: http://is.gd/KseLlC
Prezi Meeting
How many of the following terms can you identify?
Iowa Electronic Markets
Lostpedia
FOSS
Ushahidi

A. None
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. All
7,222
Articles
http://geographyoflost.tumblr.com/
http://lostpedia.wikia.com/
Wikis
http://www.research.ibm.com/visual/projects/history_flow/
http://www.lostpedia.com
"Groups that are too much alike find it harder to keep learning, because each member is bringing less and less new information to the table."
--James Surowiecki
Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS)
http://is.gd/b9VjRn
An Experiment
Examples of Crowdsourcing
Principles of Crowdsourcing
Prediction Markets
Applications to Teaching
"10.25.10 298/365," nineminutes, Flickr (CC)
Two Labs, One Problem
(Kevin Dunbar, U. Maryland)
Iowa Electronic Markets
http://tippie.uiowa.edu/iem/
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