Tempting the lurkers out of the shadows in online learning

How to get the online lurkers out of the shadows is one of the most challenging issues for the online tutor. Participation is the oxygen of the digital teacher and any hiatus online can interrupt the flow of learning that is the purpose of the design. Frequently, tutors complain that they can't get a critical mass of learners to engage online, whether orally on in the chat medium in weblectures. Learners bemoan the fact that they are treated like Pavlov's dogs and are expected to respond even when this may be unnecessary or even unwanted. Yet engagement is a term contested by tutors and learners. Tutors tend to use the terms engagement and interaction interchangeably. Learners are often not asked how they define these terms. In a recent piece of research on engagement students defined Continue reading here [...]