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CFP for HICSS 45: Learning Analytics and Networked Learning

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maarten de laat
5 March 2011

<!--StartFragment-->HICSS -- the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences -- takes place each January in Hawaii. This coming year, the conference is January 4-7, at the Grand Wailea hotel, on the island of Maui.

This is a call for papers for a new minitrack on Learning Analytics and Networked Learning. Papers are due **June 15, 2011** submitted through the conference system. Please feel free to contact me or either of my co-organizers for feedback on suitability for the minitrack.

Other minitracks will be of interest to members of this list, including 'Social Networking and Communities' co-chaired by Karine Nahon and Caroline Haythornthwaite. (See:



This minitrack calls for papers that address leading edge use of technology or system design to analyze, support, and/or create learning and learning environments. The remit is wide and calls for papers that use technology to examine how social learning happens, use data from learning environments to support learning processes, and examine new practices of formal and informal learning on and through the Internet. Papers that fit this minitrack fall under new and ongoing areas of learning research that may be referred to as learning analytics, networked learning, technology enhanced learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, ubiquitous learning, and mobile learning. Of particular interest are papers that capture, analyze and show novel use of data produced from online learning environments, develop and/or test methodologies for analyzing online learning, address automated data collection and analysis in support of learning, professional development and knowledge creation, and discuss issues and opportunities relating to information literacy, literacy and new media, ubiquitous learning, entrepreneurial learning and/or mobile learning.
We envision papers that

        • address the use of automated data capture to follow and analyze learning processes
        • develop methodologies for analyzing online learning
        • develop metrics for characterizing and following learning trends online
        • test the validity of automated data for capturing a true representation of learning and knowledge creation
        • analyze and/or support the role of social networks in learning
        • report on the development and maintenance of innovative online environments for learning
        • discuss trends in learning on and through the Internet, including issues and opportunities relating to information literacy, literacy and new media, ubiquitous learning and entrepreneurial learning
        • examine economic models, trends and markets for online learning, including open source and open access models
        • examine the foundations for learning in online networks, crowds and communities
        • examine the design and facilitation of learning in online networks, crowds and communities
        • examine the validity of information and learning processes online, and trust in online information sources for learning
        • address the role of particular devices: laptops, mobiles, OLPC  in learning
        • examine trends in how we learn with and through technology in secondary and higher education, workplaces, society, developed and underdeveloped nations
        • discuss ethical issues relating to learning online, including issues relating to data capture, analysis and display, and learning about controversial subjects or anti-social activities.


Caroline Haythornthwaite (Primary Contact)
University of British Columbia

Maarten de Laat
Open University of the Netherlands

Shane Dawson
University of British Columbia


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