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90 - 9 - 1 Rule - Participation Inequality from Jakob Nielsen

Usability and Design Expert Jakob Nielsen states that in large online communities 90% of the users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of the users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the actions.  I sincerely hope that The E-Learning Council users will participate and break the mold.  Some suggestions on increasing the amount of participation are:

  • Make it easier to participate:  We have forums, online pools, and allow users to create blogs.  Use the Contact Us form if you are interested in having your own blog on this site.
  • Make participation a side effect:  E-Learning Council does track the stories that most readers click on and promotes them automatically.  Users can also rate each story (including this one), book, etc on a 5 star rating system
  • Edit, don't create:  After we get the primary E-learning Council site is up and going, we are going to work on setting up a E-Learning Wiki using PBWiki or MediaWiki that will let users edit existing content.
  • Reward participants:  As The E-Learning Council grows we hope that active participants are recognized and rewarded for their contributions
  • Promote quality contributors:  I am going to use this blog and the front page to highlight the best information on the site.

If you have additional ideas on improving participation please let me know.
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Contribution is Contagious

Or, in the words of Dennis Matthies of Vervago and the one who coined "Precision Questioning",  recently commented in my blog that "hearing [people] talk about why they are choosing to ask about one thing vs. another -- ramps up the "metacognitive" learning."   I strongly believe there is a parallel to participation in a group.  I've always found that contributing to the conversation helps me think better.  Speaking of which, he'd be a great speaker to have at an eLearning Council event.

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