SMALL: Situated Micro-Adventure Learning Lab Theoretical Bases John Seely Brown/Lave - situated cognition Wenger - communities of practice TPACK model Activity Theory: tasks -> operations -> operations Engineering Goal Using the case study archetype as a basis, replace the "Expert Advice" component with a Flash (Flex) video/audio real-time connection. Questions Humanities "cases" Realistic versus fictional… Continue reading SMALL


Crowdsourcing as Problem-Solving

Brabham, D. (2008). Crowdsourcing as a model for problem solving. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 14(1). 75-90. Brabham examines crowdsourcing as a model for problem solving, rather than a model for human computation, which allows the author to consider only those activities which naturally lend themselves to a distributed methodology.… Continue reading Crowdsourcing as Problem-Solving


Mobile Collaboration

Eagle, N. txteagle: Mobile Crowdsourcing. In HCII, July 2009. The author's mobile phone-based application of crowdsourcing implements Brenham's call for justice by providing a source of income for workers in developing countries where unemployment approaches 50%. Noting that in East Africa, 90% of the population has access to mobile reception and that the vast majority… Continue reading Mobile Collaboration


Classifying Crowds

Quinn, A. J. & Bederson, B. B. (2009). A Taxonomy of Distributed Human Computation. Technical Report HCIL-2009-23. University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Quinn and Bederson offer a classification scheme for approaches to crowdsourcing. This proposed taxonomy for distributed human computation offers the potential for organizing a nascent field of inquiry by offering a common… Continue reading Classifying Crowds


The Power of Distance

Walther J. B., Van der Heide, B., Hamel, L. M., & Shulman (2009). Self-generated versus other generated statements and impressions in computer-mediated communication: A test of warranting theory using Facebook. Communication Research, 36, 229-253. Walther, build on Vazire and Gosling's work which showed that identity formation with personal websites is significantly accurate. Walther examines… Continue reading The Power of Distance