Collective Intelligence is...

"the idea that a group can be more intelligent than its members, the intelligence will be collective, as it arises from the interactions between millions of individuals" (de Eca, 2014).

"A key concept in maintaining the network against division, competition and fragmentation is synergy, a concept based on the values of cohesion, collaboration and synthesis" (de Eca, 2014)

"user generated content enabling sharing, co-creating, co-editing, and co-construction of knowledge" (Gunawardena et al., 2008)

Importance and Highlights of Collective Intelligence:


...provide a different level of communication than other avenues. It supports the goal of collective intelligence. There are five benefits associated with the use of wikis:

  1. Easily contribute small informal knowledge chunks
  2. Supports interaction
  3. Overcoming time and space
  4. Integrating contributions
  5. Integrating work (Turban et al., 2011)


A product of collective intelligence among common citizens working together to create information. Deemed "a radical experiment in trust, since even anonymous users are allowed to and in fact are encouraged to edit and re-edit this web-based encyclopedia" (Sykora, 2011).



Facebook has created a communicator between student and staff, resulting in "positive students' outcomes" (Allam et al., 2016).

Facebook can be used as a communication and collaboration tool for your students without you actually being their friend. ("Using Facebook in the Classroom", n.d.)


There are many different ways that Twitter can be used in an educational setting. The list below are just a few of those ideas.
  • Promotes learning in and outside of the class
  • Foundation for collaborative writing
  • Responding to books/novels
  • Student discourse for online classes
  • Connecting with other students globally
  • Live feedback during workshops or presentations (Grosseck & Holotescu, 2008)


Allam, M., & Elyas, T. (2016). Perceptions of using social media as an elt tool among efl teachers in the saudi context. English Language Teaching, 9(7), 1-9.

de Eça, T. T. (2014). Making things happen through networks: Connecting arts educators to enhance collective knowledge in the field. International Journal Of Education Through Art, 10(2), 235-245.

Grosseck, G., & Holotescu, C. (2008). Can we use twitter for educational activities, presented at The 4th International Scientific Conference, eLearning and Software for Education, Bucharest.

Gunawardena, C. N., Hermans, M. B., Sanchez, D., Richmond, C., Bohley, M., & Tuttle, R. (2009). A theoretical framework for building online communities of practice with social networking tools. Educational Media International, 46(1), 3-16.

How social networks make us smarter | Alex 'Sandy' Pentland | TEDxBeaconStreet. (2014, May 20). Retrieved March 09, 2017, from

Turban, E., Liang, T., & Wu, S. (2011). A framework for adopting collaboration 2.0 tools for virtual group decision making. Group Decision & Negotiation, 20(2), 137-154. doi:10.1007/s10726-010-9215-5

Using Facebook in the Classroom. (n.d.). Retrieved March 08, 2017, from

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