Share Paper: Exploring the Characteristics of Pedagogical Lurkers

  1. Laurie-ann Hellsten, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  2. Laureen McIntyre, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  3. Michelle Prytula, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Friday, March 11 10:35-10:55 AM Two Rivers

Abstract: In online courses, class discussions commonly occur in asynchronous discussion boards where students are able to participate at their convenience (Mabrito, 2002). Research suggests that students who rarely or never post comments can receive a pedagogical benefit from “lurking” or vicariously observing the interactions of others (Sutton, 2001). Lurking has been frowned upon and discouraged (Dennen, 2008). The purpose of this study is to better understand the characteristics of lurkers within a Canadian university online class environment. Participants will include 12 purposively selected undergraduate and graduate students. One hour interviews will be conducted via the telephone. Thematic analysis will be ...