What is Collective Intelligence?

Collective intelligence is a term for the knowledge embedded within societies or large groups of individuals. It can be explicit, in the form of knowledge gathered and recorded by many people (for example, the Wikipedia (http://wikipedia.org) is the result of collective intelligence); but perhaps more interesting, and more powerful, is the tacit intelligence that results from the data generated by the activities of many people over time. Discovering and harnessing the intelligence in such data — revealed through analyses of patterns, correlations, and flows — is enabling ever more accurate predictions about people’s preferences and behaviors, and helping researchers and everyday users understand and map relationships, and gauge the relative significance of ideas and events.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • IN Australia's August 2010 election we saw the concept of collective intelligence in the voting system that turned into a restricted intelligence in the parliament seats allocated and then a bi-partisan intelligence in the two party system. If this concept was used more often in schools then people would get used to the power and limitations of collaborative thinking and when they get older that might be reflected in a truly representational parliament!! - paul.mckey paul.mckey Aug 27, 2010
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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  • Collective Intelligence is a concept. The action verb associated with it is "Collaborative Learning" which is both an art and a science. - paul.mckey paul.mckey Aug 28, 2010

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

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  • Collaborative Learning as an individual and team skill, that utilised the analysis of collective intelligence, would have a wide impact on the available methods of learning and decision making. - paul.mckey paul.mckey Aug 28, 2010

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