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Crowd Sourcing the Technology

Support Centre

Wayne Hansen – UNB Saint John

Building the Digital University

Contact Info

Twitter: @WayneDHansen

Email: whansen(at)


Images Obtained Through

Creative Commons License

Todays Presentation

  • Discuss technology trends

  • Examine ‘crowdsourcing’ and how it works

  • Learn about the UNB Saint John model

  • Discover if the the implementation works

  • Discuss what can be learned

What this presentation will not be

  • It will not be a sales pitch or full blown demo of our hosted solution

The Argument

I intend to argue that the proliferation of information technology has had a profound effect on all aspect of our lives including the way we do our jobs.

Crowdsourcing can be a useful tool to help combat shrinking budgets, relieve overwhelmed staff, and provide comprehensive support in a new way.

What is crowdsourcing … and what is mass intelligence ?

What is crowdsourcing … and what is mass intelligence ?

Crowdsourcing is an action that produces a tangible result

Mass intelligence or wisdom of crowds is the aggregation of information in groups

Mass Intelligence

… is achieved through the following

  • Diversity of Opinion

  • Independence

  • Decentralization

  • Aggregation

Crowdsourcing IT Support

Asking for community participation to create mass intelligence.

Does anyone know the story behind GoldCorp and crowdscourcing?

Changing IT Landscape

ICT and knowledge commodifieddemocratized

IT departments not gatekeepers

Changing more rapidly than ever

Experiencing ‘future shock’

Embracing BYOD

What We Are Seeing

Democratization of knowledge and the ‘death of the expert’

As a Result

IT support staff are simply overwhelmed by the volume and variety of hardware, software, and dynamic needs of our clients.

My Last AUCTC/CANHEIT Presentation

  • Focussed support. One on one service. Dedicated staff.

  • I still believe there is a place for this model though a hybrid solution may work better.

Don Tapscott

Collaborative innovation is revolutionizing the way we work, live, learn, create, and govern

Don Tapscott

What Can We Learn From Tapscott ?

  • I would argue that his model is too simplistic (deterministic ideas that technology solves everything)


  • He does make some very relevant points that if true in larger society surely we can apply them to IT Support

UNB Saint John

Hans W Klohn Commons

STC Challenges

Mixture of FTE/Student Employees, Downsizing

iMacs, PC’s, Multiple Buildings, infinite software

Personal Devices, BYOD, cell, tablets, PC’s


Social Media Integration

Web Integration


It has become our knowledge repository. We can email, tweet, or like our solutions to students.

The Bigger Picture

We have embraced students helping student and this is a logical extension of that model.

The Bigger Picture

It is part of our solution – not the only solution.

Larger Community Buy-In

Rolling out to recruitment and registrars office


Why This Will Work

  • The support centre cannot be open 24x7x365 but this can

  • Student are ‘tech savvy’ and anxious to help each other

  • It a logical extension to prevailing trends not just within Higher Education

  • Transparent open data

Why This Will NOT Work

  • Student wants the the problem solved .. Not the answers

  • Students are not tech savvy will not be active participants

  • We overestimate the relevance of IT in our students lives

Interested ?

  • There are some leaders out there.

  • Check out Indiana University, Ohio State

  • James Surowiecki. Wisdom

    of Crowds.

    Contact me. We can talk.


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