Crossing the Divide: Connecting Social Scholarship and Professional Learning Networks

ID: 52089 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Diana Brandon, Charleston Southern University, United States
  2. Holly Marich, Michigan State University, United States

Friday, March 30 12:10-12:30 PM Location: Edison E View on map

Presider: Jeffrey Carpenter, Elon University, United States

Abstract: We propose the argument that the practices of social scholarship and those that take place in professional learning networks (PLN)s are the same activities taken up by two different groups of people: those in K-12 and those in academia. Within the paper we describe both phenomena, define their characteristics, and identify their primary user-groups. We then draw parallels between the two and offer examples of practices that occur both in social scholarship and PLNs, supporting our claim that they are the same type of practice. We include proposed methodology for future research that uses Tweet data from two user groups to examine the nature of social media practices in K-12 and higher education.

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