I’m finishing off a short paper, but before I submit it I feel I need to incorporate some additional real-world examples that demonstrate how the power of openness combined with network effects can result in surprising and serendipitous outcomes. Readers of this blog will recognise some of the examples I intend to point to:
- How a posted list of open education resource links was developed into the prototype of an effective search tool without any central coordination or specification. Some of these same people also collaborated on an interactive matrix exploring the uses of blogs in education.
- How Nancy White’s talk at Northern Voice in 2006 was augmented by people on three continents and turned into a multimedia online presentation.
- Of course, I also intend to point to the Murder, Madness and Mayhem Wikipedia authoring project, in which the students’ efforts were complemented by numerous external editors, not to mention the infamous FA Team.
I have this uncanny sense that I should be able to rattle off dozens of examples of this sort of thing, but for a multitude of reasons my brain is functioning at a very low level. I intend to revisit Levine and Alexander’s EDUCAUSE Review piece on Web 2.0 storytelling, not to mention examples of the genre posted on Dr. Alexander’s blog.
I’d be grateful for any examples that might come to your mind, especially if you’ve already blogged about it (so I can reference you). And I’m particularly keen to find examples that involve student learning.