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Dan Suthers <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:41:02 -1000
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            Learning in Digital and Social Media
                     a "mini track" at the
   Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, (HICSS-51)
          January 3-6, 2018, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii

            Full paper submission deadline: June 15

We solicit papers on how human learning takes place via interactive and 
social processes enabled or supported by digital and social media (DSM). 
To leverage the HICSS context, we seek to bridge disciplines and 
research communities between system sciences and learning sciences, so 
within this scope a broad range of research questions, learning 
settings, and theoretical and methodological traditions will be 
considered. We are flexible about what constitutes 'learning' (e.g., 
acquisition or co-creation of knowledge or skills, intersubjective 
meaning-making, legitimate peripheral participation, advancing community 
knowledge, collective change) and about the nature of the setting (e.g., 
face-to-face or online; formal or informal - educational, professional 
or leisure and mixtures thereof; with diverse technological media 
mediating networked or community social interaction), but learning and 
the DSM setting should be considered in relation to each other rather 
than one without regard for the other. Papers should make a theoretical 
contribution or establish the value of a methodological or design 
innovation: it is not sufficient to merely document use of a technology 
in an educational setting or apply a well worn model without new 
insights. Within these guidelines, the range of topics we consider are 

We are particularly interested in:
* Deepening the theoretical understanding that underlines processes
   of collaboration through social interaction (small groups, networks,
   communities, crowds) in relation to technology mediated learning
* 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 the changing digital landscape affects who learners are
   likely to be and when, where and how they learn, mediated by
   digital and social media and other technology.
* How learning is (or can be designed to be) distributed and
   coordinated across multiple digital and social media;
* Understanding learning in open practices at the nexus of
   distributed work, socializing, and knowledge sharing.
* How 'Learning in the public domain' takes place (for example
   through Twitter and other forms of social media), and how this
   changes our perception of learning and learning design.
* Learning analytics in digital and social media: how to understand
   learning via the traces people leave in social media. Methods for
   analyzing collective phenomena that arise from interaction in
   social media.

HICSS 51 and the "Big Island"

The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, in its 51st 
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 
particularly relevant.

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 for conference, venue and submission 
information. Papers are due June 15, 2017

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Maarten De Laat (Primary Contact)
University of Wollongong
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Dan Suthers
University of Hawaii
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