This summer I will be co-chairing, with Stefania Manca (from The Institute of Educational Technology of the National Research Council of Italy) “Social Media in Education”, a Mini Track of the European Conference on Social Median (#ECSM17) in Vilnius, Lithuania. As the call for papers has been out for a while (deadline for abstracts: 12th December 2016) I wanted to remind and encourage you to consider submitting to the conference and, particularly, for our Mini Track, which we hope will highlight exciting social media and education research.
You can download the Mini Track Call for Papers on Social Media in Education here. And, from the website, here is the summary of what we are looking for:
An expanding amount of social media content is generated every day, yet organisations are facing increasing difficulties in both collecting and analysing the content related to their operations. This mini track on Big Social Data Analytics aims to explore the models, methods and tools that help organisations in gaining actionable insight from social media content and turning that to business or other value. The mini track also welcomes papers addressing the Big Social Data Analytics challenges, such as, security, privacy and ethical issues related to social media content. The mini track is an important part of ECSM 2017 dealing with all aspects of social media and big data analytics.
Topics of the mini track include but are not limited to:
- Reflective and conceptual studies of social media for teaching and scholarly purposes in higher education.
- Innovative experience or research around social media and the future university.
- Issues of social media identity and engagement in higher education, e.g: digital footprints of staff, students or organisations; professional and scholarly communications; and engagement with academia and wider audiences.
- Social media as a facilitator of changing relationships between formal and informal learning in higher education.
- The role of hidden media and backchannels (e.g. SnapChat and YikYak) in teaching, learning.
- Social media and the student experience.