patterns.layers.stages of engagement

patterns . layers. stages of engagement or subject interest

online community membership .. support: needs of participants. what makes active. what activates motivates

“At a basic physiological level information processing depends on attention. From all surrounding stimuli that compete for our attention, we constantly, consciously and unconsciously, select which information we react to, process and ultimately store. Whether found through deliberate searching or accidental discovery any encountered information piece must be recognized for its potential cognitive or affective value in order for it to be chosen from competing stimuli. This cognitive process is closely linked to motivation. Motivation fuels both the initial receptivity and guides the continued search and information analysis. 

“Low motivation for a specific task and in a certain context has been shown to narrow the search, while high engagement would broaden it 
Extrinsically motivated students tend to adopt a surface approach to studying characterized by reproduction of information through rote learning. 
Surface / Deep / Strategic patterns
aspects of inquiry process

Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.

“You shall know a word by the company it keeps” ~ J.R. Firth (1957)