ERIC Number: ED390024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Active Readers--What Benefits Do They Gain from an Educational Telecommunications Network?
Jacobs, Gloria; DiMauro, Vanessa
"Active readers" are silent members of telecommunications networks who read but do not contribute. Often derided as lurkers, active readers benefit from their network participation and in turn professionally benefit others. A study, still in progress, is interviewing 20 silent participants of the LabNet community who have posted fewer than 2 messages. LabNet is a telecommunications-based National Science Foundation-funded project whose main purpose is to promote teacher development through reflection on teaching experiences. Preliminary findings show that active readers choose not to participate for three main reasons: (1) they prefer to choose to "learn and listen" before publicly participating in the network; (2) they prefer to use the materials from the network to enhance their professional lives in ways other than participation on the network: namely, they download materials from the network and experiment with them in their classrooms or share them with other faculty members; and (3) they use electronic mail to carry on conversations with other professionals about information they have learned about on the network. Often the professional exchanges that occur privately resemble those on the public forum in scope and content. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Active Readers; Computer Networking Research; LabNet; Teacher Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Technology and Education (Orlando, FL, 1995).