Keynote: Stephen Bax



Through an examination of the practice of lurking, or vicarious participation, in online educational environments, this talk considers ways in which online interaction is affected by practical, social and cultural issues which extend well beyond the technological and educational questions typically addressed in discussions of online tools. It focuses on the first phase of the Third Space in Online Discussion project, a set of asynchronous international online forums in which a multicultural cohort of language teachers based in the UK and Australia took part in 2007 and 2008, and in which there was evidence of curious patterns of lurking in the first phase.

After a discussion of the literature related to lurking, both in non-educational and educational environments, data on lurking from those forums will be considered as a means of elucidating some of the practical, social, cultural and linguistic reasons identified for lurking. The talk will then conclude by indicating the strategies which were adopted in the subsequent phase of the online educational project and which led to significantly less lurking and more active involvement.


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"I Wasn't Invited To The Party": Lurking in Multicultural Online Educational Forums



  • Author(s): LFF10
  • Subject: "I Wasn't Invited To The Party": Lurking in Multicultural Online Educational Forums
  • Grade level: HE Conference
  • Course type: Vodcast
  • Language(s):  English
  • Material type(s): mp4
  • Media format(s):  mp4


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