Wednesday, January 04, 2006

What induces participation?

1. What, if any, experience do you have with blogs and wikis as a consumer?

Urbana Post 71 Jr. Legion Baseball


2. What, if any, experience do you have with blogs and wikis as a teacher or technical support staff?

iLab for FSL outreach project

My experiences with these tools is exemplified by this very site. Although ~40 people signed up to participate in this focus group, very few actually participate. It is not possible to gauge how many folks have looked without comment, or to assess how often the primary contributors check for new input, so there may well be more activity than there appears to be. Clearly, students may be encouraged to participate by awarding points, but my question is this: What does it take to stimulate an active debate or conversation among interested parties who have nothing immediately real to gain by participating?

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