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?

  • I align this also with social learning, and collaborative learning where 'the smartest person in the room is the room' (Weinberger). Building and creating knowledge is a collaborative process, and we should be understanding the skills needed to do this and teach strategies for best practice. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Jan 28, 2014- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 5, 2014
  • 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 5, 2014

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

  • Students building knowledge together - students being/building the textbooks through global collaborative authoring and sharing information. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Jan 28, 2014- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 5, 2014
  • 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 5, 2014

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

  • Understanding how to use the concepts of collective intelligence for learning in K-12 will impact pedagogy and encourage smart use of technology for collaborative learning. It will also impact assessment methods - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Jan 28, 2014- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 5, 2014
  • Collective intelligence could greatly impact how teachers approach creation with students, and how students place value on peer feedback. - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 5, 2014

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