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Vast Lurker and No-lurker Participation in Open Online Courses: MOCCs and the AI Stanford like courses respectively.

Commentary by brainysmurf () on link by Osvaldo, Vast Lurker and No-lurker Participation in Open Online Courses: MOCCs and the AI Stanford like courses respectively., Mar 06, 2012.

Thanks for this analysis, Osvaldo, it's making me sit back and think, which I appreciate.

I have some trouble with using the stats on visits to a mooc home page as a basis for tracking participation. In #change11 or #cck12, for example, I rarely visit the course home page because my primary source of information comes to me by email in The Daily. Therefore, I don't *need* the course website unless I want to check out the course outline or something, which I might only do once a month.

In my opinion, the phenomena of lurking and participating are particularly difficult to track when participants might be consuming and applying the knowledge in more private ways (e.g., internal websites or SharePoint at work, keeping written notes on paper, sending emails to friends, etc.) I think we also have to ask ourselves why tracking even matters and to whom it matters. (Hits Today: 2917 Total: 2917)

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