January 10, 2012
Use of Crowdsourcing
Max de Lotbinièr
English language learners in Japan are getting the benefit of
feedback on their written work from over 6,000 internet users.
class project, co-lead by James York with 18 to 20-year-olds
at Tsukuba and Tokyo Denki universities, uses the internet news
site reddit.com as a platform
to publish the students' digital comic strips.
were first introduced to ragefaces.com, a growing repository
of weird and witty cartoon faces, sparking group discussions
about the emotions they represent.
says his digital native students had no difficulty creating
and uploading short comic strips mixing images, text and jokes,
all in English. As he explains in his blog, he needed to resolve
some technical issues to allow group access to sites designed
for individual use. http://yorksensei.posterous.com/creating-rage-comics-with-efl-students
real value of the project came when the comic strips were published
on a specially created reddit.com EFL comics page, eliciting
comments and feedback from native-speaker readers.
get a rare chance to express themselves creatively in English
and it is a great for intercultural communication," said
teachers the project can be seen as crowd-sourcing native English-speakers
to voluntarily correct students' mistakes, praise them and communicate
How to create rage comics