Social Media & Emerging Spaces:
Professional Development in the 21st Century
Special Issue Co-Editors
Tonia A. Dousay, Assistant Professor
University of Wyoming Instructional Technology firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutaleni I. Asino, Assistant Professor
Oklahoma State University Educational Technology email@example.com
Description of Call
Once discouraged and dismissed, social media has become a staple in professional settings. Social media usage beyond (re)connecting with friends or sharing family photos and trending memes continues to grow. Twitter chats occur regularly, professional related Facebook groupsare commonly utilized, and discussions between professionals are held via group text messaging on various mobile platforms. Social media and emerging spaces are engaging and enabling individuals to extend their personal learning networks in a variety of ways. Yet, when it comesto education and the workplace, recognition of activities occurring in these spaces, especially as related to professional development, is missing, underreported, or at best still emerging.
The purpose of this special issue is to advance the use, practices, issues, and ethical considerations of social media and emerging spaces for professional development purposes. We seek manuscripts that highlight theory and practice detailing informal and formal learning trendsacross professions where social media serves as the primary platform for delivering continuing education. Manuscripts should therefore represent a variety of research, conceptual frameworks, and methods related to this topic. The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topic ideas:
• Case studies evaluating specific instances of professional development via social media
• Research methodologies to capture, measure, and/or evaluate professional development via social media
• Comparative & international perspectives on professional development and social media in education and/or corporate organizations
• Conceptual frameworks exploring how to design professional development via social media
• Ethical dilemmas surrounding social media & emerging spaces as a professional development tool
• Tool preferences for issues with professional development via social media
• Evolution of professional development in a digitally connected world
• (re)conceptualise, (re)examine and explore professional development in in light of emerging technologies
• Challenges and/or opportunities encapsulated in social media & emerging spaces as a professional development tool
Expected publication date: May 2017
Articles should follow the writing style guidelines for Tech Trends. Submissions should be 4000 -5000 words in length (10-15 pages) and abstracts should not exceed 150 words. Use APA formatting throughout.
Please upload a brief overview (approx. 500 words) of proposed articles to https://goo.gl/57PIZT and email Tonia Dousay at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tutaleni I. Asino at email@example.com for initial review. If accepted for review, you will be directed to a TechTrends portal for thisspecial issue to submit your full article per the schedule below.
We kindly ask authors to also serve as reviewers for other submissions. Given your expertise as a scholar in this particular topic, your peer review feedback is extremely valuable. If you are willing to serve in this capacity please contact Tonia Dousay at firstname.lastname@example.org orTutaleni I. Asino at email@example.com to volunteer. Thank you.
• April 30, 2016 – Email submission of ideas due
• June 01, 2016 – Full submissions due
• July 31, 2016 – Decisions made; feedback sent
• September 01, 2016 – Revisions due
• October 01, 2016 – Feedback on revised manuscripts
• October 31, 2016 – Revisions due
• May 2017 – Special issue published
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