Project 252

Mechanical Turk

Contributed by Eamon Costello (@eam0)
EdTech Tool Name:Mechanical Turk
Bref Description:Brokerage service from Amazon where users can advertise for workers to do basic online tasks in a marketplace. Turkers then chose tasks and complete them (usually for a few cents a task). Mechanical Turk is part of AWS.
Type of EdTech Tool:
  • Web (access through web browser)
EdTech Tool Usage Keywords:crowd-sourcing, internet marketplace.
EdTech Tool Uses:Any online tasks that can be completed relatively easily and require scale is suitable for Mechanical Turk.
MT is one of the more bizzare parts of Amazon's commercial kingdom. One interesting application is for use in research such as for example having "Turkers" evaluate websites for usability etc.
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    EdTech Tool Pricing Structure:Commercial (once-off fee)