Learning within Digital and Social Media
a “mini track” at the
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, (HICSS-50)
January 4-7, 2017, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
We solicit papers on how human learning takes place via interactive and
social processes enabled or supported by digital and social media. We
seek to bridge disciplines and research communities between system and
learning sciences, so within this scope a broad range of research
questions, learning settings, and theoretical and methodological
traditions will be considered. Contributions may include new design
approaches, theoretical perspectives, learning analytic techniques,
policy implications and/or other research results relating to the
relationship between digital and social media and learning. Studies may
be situated in formal or informal learning settings, and we particularly
encourage studies of learning “in the technological wild”.
The shared theme across accepted papers will be on relationships between
human learning activities and the technologies used. Topics of
particular interest include:
* how learning takes place in networks, crowds, teams and communities
that exist on and through the WWW and digital and social media;
* how the affordances of technological systems influence or are
appropriated for learning via social processes, and how design of
affordances can leverage these influences;
* how learning is (or can be designed to be) distributed and coordinated
across multiple digital and social media;
* learning practices at the nexus of distributed work, socializing, and
* learning analytics in digital and social media: how to understand
learning via the traces people leave in social media;
* new trends in learning and digital and social media, including issues
and opportunities relating to information literacy, literacy and new
media, ubiquitous learning, viral learning and entrepreneurial learning;
* ethical issues relating to learning online, including issues relating
to data capture, analysis and display, and learning about controversial
subjects or antisocial activities.
HICSS 50 and the “Big Island”
The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, in its 50th
year, is one of the longstanding scientific conferences and is highly
ranked among information systems conferences. Diverse disciplines
unified by a focus on information technologies are woven together in a
matrix structure of tracks and themes. By attending HICSS you are not
only reaching the audience of your track and mini-track; you also have
the opportunity to learn about what is happening in related fields and
meet leaders in those fields. Mini-tracks within the Collaboration
Systems and Technologies and the Digital and Social Media tracks are
With five of the world’s seven climate zones, and a mixture of Hawaiian
and immigrant cultures, the “Big Island” of Hawaii offers diverse
outdoor activities, good food, and cultural activities.
Please see http://www.hicss.org/ for conference, venue and submission
information. Papers are due June 15, 2016
Dan Suthers (Primary Contact)
University of Hawaii
Maarten De Laat
Open University of the Netherlands
University of British Columbia
Chairs: Maarten de Laat, Caroline Haythornthwaite & Dan Suthers
Track: Digital and Social Media
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 49,
January 5-8, 2016
FULL PAPERS DUE: June 15, 2015 via the HICSS conference system
Social Media & Learning Minitrack
This minitrack calls for papers that address leading edge innovation, research methods and design to analyze and support learning through social media. Social media – such as social networking sites, blogging, microblogging, wikis, etc. – provide powerful tools for engaging in networks and communities and that stimulate social interaction for learning around topics of shared interest. Traditional boundaries (institutional, epistemological and spatial) are fading, creating open spaces that increase possibilities to connect and develop personal learning interests.
This minitrack invites papers that address the use of social media for learning, whether this is planned intentional learning or spontaneous during work or play. Research can be in formal learning settings or arrangements that are non-formal and informal. It can engage the learning of individuals, or learning that encompasses work groups, leisure groups, communities of interest and of practice.
We are interested in papers that examine theoretical issues; provide empirical data, innovative designs or new perspectives on learning; or that look into new forms of analytics to provide feedback about the learning that takes place in social media environments.
We invite empirical and theoretical papers that address current trends and developments in social media and learning, and address such questions as:
•How are we learning in the social media age?
•What measures, techniques, or analyses provide insight into learning on and through social media?
•How do social media support, extend, or supplant other forms of learning?
•What kinds of social media use support individual, group, or community learning?
•How are social media transforming the learning landscape?
•What theories of learning work for social media?
Topics include but are not limited to …
Theories, perspectives and paradigms
•Learning on and through the web, for formal, informal and non-formal learning
•Social learning in networks, communities, crowds
•Individual, group, community, or organizational learning through social media
•Contributory behavior in social media supported learning communities
•Professional learning, lifelong learning, and/or workplace learning and social media
•Open access, social media and learning
•Learning across multiple media, and the role of social media in learning
•Self-directed learning, social learning, adult learning
•Design and use of social media (MOOCs, Twitter, Wikis, Blogs) for learning
•Design and/or analysis of multi-media learning ecologies
•Integration of social media across multiple media (Open platforms, Business Social Media) and existing practices