HICSS 2017 Mini Track: Learning within Digital and Social Media

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 knowledge sharing;
  • 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; and
  • 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 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 The HICSS Conference Page for conference, venue and submission information. Papers are due June 15, 2016

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Dan Suthers (Primary Contact)
University of Hawaii

Maarten De Laat
Open University of the Netherlands

Caroline Haythornthwaite
University of British Columbia