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Friday, August 14 • 3:35pm - 4:00pm
A Crowdsourcing Approach to Vocabulary Learning

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This presentation will report on a study conducted to examine the use of Memrise, a crowdsourcing spaced repetition program, by college students of Chinese, and its effects on Chinese character learning. The presenter will share the actual experience in using the program in a college-level Chinese language class to experiment a crowdsourcing approach to vocabulary learning. As a special electronic flashcard program built on the crowdsourcing concept, Memrise allows users to create, share and select Mems, i.e. mnemonic units such as animated gifs, images and unique explanations, for their electronic flashcards. This process engages and motivates students, contributes to learner autonomy and personalized learning and results in more effective learning. The presenter will demonstrate the special features of Memrise and discuss important conditions that need to exist in order for the program to be effective. Even though the present study focuses on Chinese character learning, the findings of the study can be applied to any other languages.


Jian X. Wu

Southern Connecticut State University

Friday August 14, 2015 3:35pm - 4:00pm
CGIS Knafel K050 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA