[Air-l] how to measure participation rates

Gina Neff ginasue at panix.com
Tue Dec 2 10:56:30 PST 2003

I agree with the Nancy's expert opinion -- this is very tedious work. A
co-author and I did a similar thing in a study of an online classroom but
measured participation by *sampling* from the transcripts of the online
classes rather than measuring participation for the entire online
conversation. This let us rule out participation rates for the formation
of social structure in the class, which was pretty central to our

Gina Neff

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute for Labor and Employment
University of California, Los Angeles

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