Crowdsourcing exam questions …. not such a stupid idea after all !

crowd sourcingA couple of months ago I made a small speech at the Brussels European Crowdsourcing event. My focus was the increasing importance of  Mobile Broadband Connectivity in general and the Internet of things (IOT) in particular will have as accelerator for crowdsourcing.

Little did I know that I would be talking crowdsourcing all  evening in be it a totally different context…

….my 16 years old daughter Tatiana was up in arms with a Fysics test she had to … not prepare for… but actually help design the questions of the test herself.

Specifically,  recapping the task : the class was devided in eight groups of 3 students. Each group had to deliver five test questions out of a Fysics 5 chapters. The teacher will then pick at randum 10 questions from the total of 40 questions.

Making test questions it turned out is much harder than learning answers.
Moreover, as to be expected, these digital kids shared ahead of time all the questions AND answers they each had developed … so defeating the purpose of a test right ? Well not so much as now everybody was studying 40 questions !
So croudsourcing the questions provided a dedactical collaboration rarely achieved before – the dedactical power was in the journey, the engagement between students more than in the finality of the test.

To conclude, schools often focus on the “infrastructure” part of digitalization.  I don’t enough hear schools reinvent their primary mission which is to educate as best as they can. The Kan accademy with their ‘flipping the class room” is one of the good examples, the MOOC as well. The crowdsourcing of testing is now way up there for me as another example 😉

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Talk about efficient GreenField-IT !

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Farmers have been early adopters of GpS and Satalite pictures to do “precision agriculture”.  Farmers’ future depends on it to help them be more effective, efficient and more ecological.

Enterprise Mobility is bringing farmer’s capabilities to a totally new level. Farming per definition is an outdoor industry that has not benefitted from a  lot of IT infrastructure.  New so called “GreenField IT” (greenfield because there was no IT before) is allowing farmers to leapfrog them into a digital future.

GreenField IT is made possible through spectacular evolutions on Smart devices, Internet of things, big data, cloud, crowdsourcing.

Drone’s however turn out to be a critical piece of the puzzle to bring even more GreenField IT to farmers.

Drone’s can indeed capture relevant information from the ground in real time. This is also called “contextual” information that can become a vital input to the farming process (e.g .if pest detected requires adapted spray). Drones can bring that “contextual” granularity down to a “plant by plant” level.

In have listed below two video’s that I believe  best capture the impressive evolution in the “intelligence and agility of Drones. To watch the Tedtalks please click on below banners.

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I hope this example will  trigger the question with you of “what contextual information can fundemmentally enrich my business model”.  For sure,  somebody else is doing it right now…

What if your business model would be disrupted by a NETWORK effect !

…. and not a network of people but an intelligent network of things….

Many of us have or will get into first contact with the Internet of Things (IOT) through gadgets like Fitbit sports/ health bracelets. Yet all of us should think about how the Internet of Things will most likely radically change the industry we work in by fundamentally  affecting our business model.

I have posted below two articles that I think capture best the rapid evolution of digitalisation. Companies often see a digital transformation primarily behind an efficiency / cost driver. Digitalisation however can also introduce major innovation when one is ready to fundamentally rethink the business model.

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Mike Kuniavsky recently posted network a good recap of how many of our industries will change due to digitalisation (read – From Selling Products to Managing Service) . I totally adhere to his view that the physical world slowly but surely erodes to become more digital, creating as he nicely says  “shadows in the cloud”.

By doing so it is allowing products to move away from being box moving / one shot sales to being sold “as a service”. This obviously brings along a totally new customer relationship.

There is however another advantage of the move to digitalisation. As more and more products will become digital we will start thinking more and more of products acting like elements of an (IT) network. Over time, the more diverse elements join the network the more intelligent the network will become and thus in turn the more intelligent the products can become. Continue reading