From the blog eLearning Technology comes an interesting post about general participation in online collaborative environments. The concept is this: for every 100 people that sign up for a discussion board, wiki, blog, etc:
- 90 will “lurk” (meaning just read)
- 9 will post occasionally
- 1 will post regularly
This is called the 1% Rule of Internet Culture.
- Here is the eLearning Technology article
- Here is an article from the Guardian
- Here is a Wikipedia article
I don’t think this 1% rule translates directly to the online classroom, but I am sure there is a similar pattern of higher lurkers vs. occasional and regular posters.