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Call for papers

Academia 2.0 and beyond ?
How Social Software changes research and education in academia

Workshop at ECSC2009 in Vienna, Austria - http://www.ecscw09.org/
(Workshop date 5.9. or 6.9.2009)

Michael Koch, Bundeswehr University Munich,
   [log in to unmask], http://www.kooperationssysteme.de/
Isa Jahnke, Technische Universitaet Dortmund
   [log in to unmask] http://www.isa-jahnke.de

The Web 2.0 and Social Software is often attributed with a high  
potential for addressing todays challenges in knowledge management and  
distributed collaboration. This development has already reached  
industry. Using the term Enterprise 2.0, different possibilities to  
use Social Software in enterprises are researched. But also in  
academia, cooperation to generate new knowledge, and to add it to the  
scientific discourse may radically change under open Web 2.0  
conditions. In addition, teaching and learning scenarios might be  
moved towards technology enhanced lifelong learning communities.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the application of Social  
Software in academia (research as well as teaching and learning) - and  
how these new kinds of software might change the whole setting - make  
new ways of doing research or teaching and learning possible or at  
least easier to do.

Further information: http://wiki.cscwlab.de/Main/Ecscw2009Ws

Introduction

New buzzwords have become part of our daily lexicon: Web 2.0, Social  
Software and Social Web are often used as synonyms. These concepts  
focus on new or existing software systems, which are influenced by  
human communication and collaboration (Jahnke & Koch 2009). Thus, Web  
2.0 is heavily reliant on social interaction, and so, social web-based
applications generate and require a human-centered design approach.  
Furthermore, this kind of new media influences the people. A new  
generation of the "digital natives" are arriving (Prensky, 2001).

The number of users of Web 2.0 applications in private settings (e.g.,  
leisure) is very high. However, in organizations and enterprises Web  
2.0 concepts or such combined applications are still at an early stage  
(Koch & Richter 2008). The same is true for universities. Franklin &  
van Harmelen (2007) show some examples of institutional practices. A  
potential of Web 2.0 for academia show also Rollet et al. (2007). To  
conclude, there are some Web 2.0 tools in universities, in particular  
wikis and blogs (e.g., Hookway, 2008) but the usage of these tools and  
other Web 2.0 scenarios for supporting teaching, learning or research  
is not yet fully developed. So, the question how the Web 2.0 can  
support community-based learning (e.g. Barr & Tagg, 1995) or research  
processes in academia is not yet satisfactorily answered.

Research questions

The main research question of the workshop is: Are there any  
innovative research and/or teaching designs or arrangements (e.g.,  
Alexander, 2006; Downes, 2005) using social software and what can we  
learn from these scenarios? Some derived research questions which we  
will discuss in our workshop:

a) What Web 2.0 applications exist in universities, in research or in  
learning? Do Web 2.0 applications in academia make a difference to  
existing Internet applications like email, content management systems  
or newsgroups?

b) Do you have success stories or success criteria of Web 2.0 usage in  
academic fields? What changes are observable or essential when  
introducing Web 2.0 concepts in teaching (e.g. new design/balance of  
teaching and learning) or research settings?

c) How can we introduce Web 2.0 applications in the academic world,  
and support the change management process? How can we successfully  
distribute the concepts into a university?

Aim

Our aim is to collect proposals for academic practice with Web 2.0, to  
specify research questions dealing with Web 2.0 in academia (e.g., new  
forms of interactions, changing research practice, new learning  
scenarios, organizational change by using new media) or to discuss new  
research methods (e.g., e-ethnography) and their challenges in this  
topic. In our workshop, we want to share practical experience or  
research results about using Web 2.0 in teaching and research, for  
example, e-learning goes Web 2.0, scientific communities goes Web 2.0,  
research publications goes Web 2.0 or university goes Web 2.0.  
Therefore, we strongly invite researchers and practitioners who have  
ideas or experience of using Web 2.0 applications in academia.

Participation Requirements

Workshop participants are requested to submit a position paper  
covering practice with Web 2.0 in academia, research focus or research  
questions, proposals for academic practice with Web 2.0, proposals for  
new research methods with regard to Web 2.0 in academia or specific  
case studies (if applicable) and findings to date. Using practical  
examples the participants should demonstrate how the concepts and  
developments behind the Web 2.0 and Social Software movement are used  
in academia, what Web 2.0 characteristics could make a good basis for  
academia.

   Deadline for Position papers: June 20, 2009

There is no size limit or formatting requirement for position papers.
Please send Position Papers as PDF or Document files to the two  
organizers:
- [log in to unmask]
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Position papers will be presented and discussed during the workshop.

Related workshops

The workshop is related to the 8th International conference on the  
design of cooperative systems (COOP08) in May 2008 where we held a  
workshop about "Does Web 2.0 make a difference?". Some results (e.g.  
about using wikis and blogs) can be found at the Special Issue on the  
International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC) which will be  
published in Summer 2009 by Jahnke & Kommers with the title "Web 2.0  
goes Academia: Innovative Scenarios for Socio-technical Communities".  
The special issue includes eight papers which discuss Web 2.0 in  
teaching, learning and research practices.

References

Alexander, B. (2006): Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching  
and Learning? EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 32-44.

Barr, R.B. & Tagg, J. (1995): From Teaching to Learning. A New  
Paradigm for Undergraduate Education. Change Magazine, 27 (6), 1995,  
pp. 13-25.

Downes, S. (2005): E-learning 2.0. eLearn Magazine. 16 Oct. 2005.  
Retrieved May 11, 2009 from http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=articles&article=29-1

Franklin, T. & van Harmelen, M. (2007): Web 2.0 for Content for  
Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Bristol: JISC. Retrieved  
May 11, 2009 from http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/148/1/web2-content-learning-and-teaching.pdf

Hookway, N. (2008): Entering the blogosphere - some strategies for  
using blogs in social research In Qualitative Research, 2008, Bd. 8,  
Heft 1, pp. 91 ? 114.

Jahnke, I. & Koch, M. (2009) Web 2.0 goes Academia: Does Web 2.0 make  
a difference? Int. Journal of Web based Communities. To be in print.

Koch, M. & Richter, A. (2008): Enterprise 2.0. Oldenbourg Verlag, 2008.

Prensky, M. (2001): Digital Natives Digital Immigrants. On the  
Horizon: NCB University Press, Vol. 9, No. 5.

Rollett, H.; Lux, M.; Strohmaier, M.; Dosinger, G.; & Tochtermann, K.  
(2007): The Web 2.0 way of learning with technologies. International  
Journal of Learning Technology. Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 87-107.

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