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Stack Exchange
This month: June 2017
Gamifying with badges: A big data natural experiment on Stack Exchange
Badges are a common mechanism used by many crowd-sourced online systems. This study provides evidence to their effectiveness and measures their effect size using an experiment in three large Stack Exchange online Q&A sites. An analysis of the introduction of 22 different badge-launch events demonstrates that most badge introductions have their desired effect.
Plant sheets at Montreal
Also this month
Fostering digital and scientific literacy: Learning through practice
Despite the rapidly growing body of work on public participation in citizen science, what and how participants learn by participating has received limited attention. This paper uses a digitization project underway at the Marie-Victorin Herbarium in Montréal to explore the learning process of adult volunteers and show how scientific and digital literacies are constructed simultaneously and socially. In the process of digitizing the Herbarium’s collection, volunteers draw on existing resources, including digital tools and sources, as well as create and share their own resources, thereby facilitating future work and enhancing informal learning. Individual goals are connected to the goals of the community — the production of a quality reference that will be available to everyone online.



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