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The role of crowdsourcing in healthcare education

St. John-Matthews, Janice; Newton, Phillip; Grant, Andrew; Robinson, Leslie


Janice St. John-Matthews

Phillip Newton

Andrew Grant

Leslie Robinson


Introduction: Crowdsourcing works through an institution outsourcing a function normally performed by an employee or group of individuals. Within a crowdsource users, known as the crowd, form a community who voluntarily undertake a task which typically involves the pooling of knowledge resources.

Method: A literature review was undertaken to identify how the tool is being used in allied health professions education, and its potential for further use. Academic databases were searched using pre-defined search terms, limits and inclusion criteria. We reviewed the identified papers against an established crowdsourcing definition

Results: Zero articles were returned for allied health professions education. Widening the search to medical education provided 17 papers. Reviewing these yielded four themes: student selection procedures, lesson planning, teaching materials and assessment. In the absence of a suitable framework on crowdsourcing design, these papers highlighted key components of good crowdsourcing technique.

Conclusion: Crowdsourcing is associated with innovative activities through collective solution seeking via a large network of users. It is increasingly being adopted in medical education and maybe transferable to educational activities within health professions education.


St. John-Matthews, J., Newton, P., Grant, A., & Robinson, L. (2018, March). The role of crowdsourcing in healthcare education. Poster presented at Ottawa-ICME Conference 2018

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Conference Name Ottawa-ICME Conference 2018
Start Date Mar 10, 2018
End Date Mar 14, 2018
Acceptance Date Jan 4, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords healthcare education, crowdsourcing, outsourcing, teaching, learning
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Ottawa-ICME 2018