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This conference has several mini-tracks relevant to SNA, and is an 
excellent venue to find out what is going on in other fields. We are 
particularly interested in network analysis of social media settings 
relevant to learning.

-- Dan Suthers, Maarten De Laat, Caroline Haythornthwaite.


            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; 

* ethical issues relating to learning online, including issues relating 
to data capture, analysis and display, and learning about controversial 
subjects or antiĀ­social 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 for conference, venue and submission 
information. Papers are due June 15, 2016

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Dan Suthers (Primary Contact)
University of Hawaii
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Maarten De Laat
Open University of the Netherlands
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Caroline Haythornthwaite
University of British Columbia
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