[iDC] Can DIY education be crowdsourced?

Anya Kamenetz anyaanya at gmail.com
Wed Sep 7 16:00:34 UTC 2011

Pride of influencing a field I think can apply equally to amateurs and
As a mother-to-be following perhaps the deepest, most high-stakes informal
learning path of my life, I've spent countless hours so far sharing
knowledge and ideas with other women on online forums and email lists. Why
do we spend this time answering each others' questions? What motivates a
busy working woman with two children to put in her time advising a n00b? A
lot of it is deeply social and intrinsic.

On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM, John Bell <john at novomancy.org> wrote:

> But what value would such a score represent to an amateur scholar?  For
> professional scholars it's mostly valued due to pride of influencing the
> field and tenure committees.  Is there another carrot that can be offered to
> people with deep knowledge but no interest in advancing an academic career?
> - John
> On Sep 6, 2011, at 4:20 PM, Anya Kamenetz wrote:
> > So the question would be, to what extent is it feasible to represent a
> similar type of score, based on references to their previous statements, for
> amateur scholars? That would be an interesting example of an incentive
> that's both internal and external.
> > a

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