Do lurking learners contribute less? A knowledge co-construction perspective

Fei Ching Chen, Hsiu Mei Chang

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Abstract

Drawing upon the emergent idea that "the negotiation of meaning involves the interaction of participation and reification", this study proposes an entirely different perspective on lurking. Collecting data from 82 group forums with a total of 490 members, we identify 46 lurking learners by comparing the online/postings ratio of each member within the group. Further classification of these lurkers provides an opportunity to highlight the neglected contribution of the types of lurkers who go online regularly but post only sporadically from the framework of knowledge co-construction. This paper concludes by challenging the common emphasis on the quantity of postings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC and T 2011 - 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Conference Proceedings
Pages169-178
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, C and T 2011 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 29 Jun 20112 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameC and T 2011 - 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Conference Proceedings

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, C and T 2011
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period29/06/112/07/11

Keywords

  • co-construction
  • group learning
  • lurk
  • lurker
  • lurking
  • participation
  • posting

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