ASSESSMENT-WIKI: TOWARDS CROWD-SOURCING ASSESSMENTS FOR A NATIONAL CURRICULUM
In addition to Wikipedia, crowd-sourcing has been used in domains ranging from extracting ontologies underlying folksonomies , language translation , transit tracking , and Government transparency . Economics of crowd-sourcing has also been studied . Crowd-sourcing has been used in learning since late 1990’s . While initial educational crowd-sourcing projects faced adoption issues , projects like Curriki (www.curriki.org), Wikibooks (www.wikibooks.org), and Wikiversity (www.wikiversity.org) are being used to create textbooks, course materials, curricula and classroom activities. However, in spirit, these projects put little constraints on authors and hence remain generic repositories of learning resources. The purpose of research presented here is to explore the development of a curriculum-specific Wiki called Assessment-Wiki. While educational Wikis like Wikiversity include assessments, these are not typically tied back to the learning outcomes, learning design or curriculum design at a higher level in a structured manner. The research reported here presents an initial design and evaluation of Assessment-Wiki which is based on a national curriculum for grades 1-10. To be effective, this Wiki needs to negotiate issues like different versions of the national curriculum based on rural, semi-rural, private and non-government organization (NGO) schools, diversity in textbooks and varying backgrounds and pedagogical-orientation of teachers.
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