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Lurking in the interconnected world turning lurking into learning opportunities ytu

  1. 1. Lurking in the interconnectedworld: Turning lurking into learning opportunities BEYZA YILMAZ İstanbul,2012 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit
  2. 2. You don’t need to take notes. I have a present for you :)
  3. 3. OUTLINEDefinition of LurkingReasonsInformation Overload /Learning CommunitiesStrategies for Creating Learning OpportunitiesUseful Tools and ApplicationsConclusions
  4. 4. How do you define lurking?
  5. 5. "...reading discussions on board, newsgroup, chatroom,file sharing, social networking site, listening to people inVOIP calls such as Skype or other interactive system, butrarely or never participating actively. (Nonnecke & Preece, 2000)"Lurkers make up over 90% of online groups."
  6. 6. Participants lurking definitions
  7. 7. Where did this topic come from?
  8. 8. Participant 18: I incidentally became a member 4 years ago. I was active during BAW2007 but then for several years Iurked mostly. I have become a bit more involved this year for research purposes but I admit that getting involved in this community ve impacted my learning and teaching to a great extent that I always felt like I am learning a great deal even at the times I lurk. This is the reason why I chose to stay as a member in this community. (Yılmaz, 2012)
  9. 9. Beyza the lurkerWhy?What did I miss?blog postsonline eventswebinarstweetsemail exchangeschances to interact with my pln
  10. 10. Lurking = Learning ?
  11. 11. Reflection on Your Lurking Experience1. What makes you feel that you are lurking in an online community your PLN?2. Why do you lurk?3. How do you feel when you lurk?4. Do you think staying behind is beneficial? If yes, how do you feel you benefit from lurking? If no, what do you miss by not participating?5. What strategies or web 2.0 tools do you use to avoid and compensate for staying behind in an online community?
  13. 13. Communities of PracticeLegitimate Peripheral Participation (Lave & Wenger, 1991)
  14. 14. Roles and interactions of members of a communitydownloaded from
  15. 15. Wonders of the Internet for Teacher DevelopmentTeacher Development CommunitiesPLNsWebinarsDiscussion ListsOthers
  16. 16. Online Teacher Development Opportunuties
  17. 17. and much more!!!
  18. 18. Reasons for Lurking having lack of nothingbeing busy confidence interesting to say preferred online lack oflack of interest learning attention styles
  19. 19. Is it a bad thing to stay behind?
  20. 20. Participants Feelings about Lurking POSITIVE FEELINGS NEGATIVE FEELINGS self conscious not feeling connected aware useful fine informative-
  21. 21. Lurkers Opinions"I dont really feel I miss what because I think lurking has its place.""It can be, can always learn from others."
  22. 22. " Im a very sociable person and learn better when I participate actively. When i dont i feel I learn less and enjoy less. But over the last few years I have benefited a lot from lurking, some kind of how-to tweet, blog, comment etc. I still read blogs without commenting on them and I learn a lot."
  23. 23. "I dont always feel that I am missing anything by lurking -- especially if I dont have anything new or valuable to contribute."
  24. 24. "I think online personality is similar to real-life personality. Im a little shier and so only speak if I really feel what I have to say is valuable. I feel others speak because they like the sound of their own voice, which makes for a cluttered conversation with the own-voice-lover not fully listening or prepared to listen."
  25. 25. Strategies to TurnLurking Into Learning Opportunuties
  26. 26. Strategies of the participants• reading topic lines of messages and saving the most interesting ones• going over the information or messages and having info about them• making as many questions as they can• curating• filtering• tagging• using rss feeds• using social media
  27. 27. taggingrecordings Rss Feeds filtering
  28. 28. What are these strategies related to?categorizingfilteringretrieving for further useinteracting
  29. 29. Useful Apps & Tools for Lurkers
  31. 31. Retweet
  32. 32. Photo taken from
  33. 33. RSS FEEDS
  34. 34. Social Bookmarking
  35. 35. Digital Curationpinterest scoopit
  36. 36. Google Drive
  37. 37. ConclusionsLurking is not a very bad thing at all and it can be turned into learning opportunuties by• interacting with PLN members,• staying organized for filtering and retrieving information.
  38. 38. There is no need to be afraid.
  39. 39. ReferencesRidings, C.; Gefen, D.; Arinze, B. (2006), "Psychological Barriers: Lurker and Poster Motivation and Behavior in Online Communities", Communications of AIS 18 (16).Nonnecke, B.; Preece, J. (2000), Lurker demographics: Counting the silent, Proceedings of CHI 2000. The Hague: ACM.Lave,Jean.; Wenger Etienne (1991), Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation, Cambridge University Press.Yılmaz, Beyza N.(2012). Beliefs of members of an online community of practice on the effecs of membership on teaching and professional development. MA Thesis at the Department of Foreign Languages Education Institute of Social Sciences Middle East Technical University, Ankara.
  40. 40. Thank you & happy lurking!:) Beyza Yılmaz @beyza