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Moving beyond silos: professional learning networks in higher education

Published on Oct 1, 2017in Internet and Higher Education5.28
· DOI :10.1016/j.iheduc.2017.06.001
Torrey Trust7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst),
Jeffrey P. Carpenter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Elon University),
Daniel G. Krutka8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UNT: University of North Texas)
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Abstract Many faculty and staff in higher education have turned to digitally-enhanced professional learning networks (PLNs) as a means for situated learning that can help them grow in their various professional responsibilities. However, there is scant research on what these PLNs mean to the professional lives of higher educators. We report findings of a qualitative study that investigated participants' perspectives on their PLN experiences through analysis of survey data from 151 higher education faculty and professionals. Data analysis suggested that the anytime, anywhere availability of expansive PLNs, and their capacity to respond to educators' diverse interests and needs, fostered new learning experiences. Participants reported that their PLNs supported professional growth, specifically in the areas of teaching and learning. These findings have implications for defining the present and future of faculty learning and development in a digital age.
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Published on May 1, 2017in Techtrends
Tian Luo5
Estimated H-index: 5
(ODU: Old Dominion University),
Jamie Sickel1
Estimated H-index: 1
(USYD: University of Sydney),
Li Cheng1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UF: University of Florida)
This study presents two cases in which undergraduates were introduced to Twitter in their teacher preparation program as a means of developing a personal learning network. Twitter live chats are synchronous discussions that allow education stakeholders to discuss issues and share resources, engaging on potentially a global scale via the social networking platform. This study examines how students participated in these live chats, perceived benefits and challenges and how prior experience and pre...
Published on May 1, 2017in Techtrends
Daniel G. Krutka8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Texas Woman's University),
Jeffrey P. Carpenter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Elon University),
Torrey Trust7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Many educators in the 21st century utilize social media platforms to enrich professional learning networks (PLNs). PLNs are uniquely personalized networks that can support participatory and continuous learning. Social media services can mediate professional engagements with a wide variety of people, spaces and tools that might not otherwise be available. Teachers who once might have had access to only a handful of colleagues can now employ Facebook, Twitter and other mediums to learn from peers ...
Daniel G. Krutka8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Texas Woman's University),
Shanedra D. Nowell2
Estimated H-index: 2
(OSU: Oklahoma State University–Stillwater),
Annie McMahon Whitlock1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UM: University of Michigan)
Published on Apr 1, 2017in Innovative Higher Education
Royce Kimmons12
Estimated H-index: 12
(BYU: Brigham Young University),
George Veletsianos6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Royal Roads University),
Scott R. Woodward9
Estimated H-index: 9
(BYU: Brigham Young University)
This study employed data mining and quantitative methods to collect and analyze the available histories of primary Twitter accounts of institutions of higher education in the U.S. (n = 2411). The study comprises a sample of 5.7 million tweets, representing 62 % of all tweets created by these accounts and the entire population of U.S. colleges and universities. With this large, generalizable dataset, researchers were able to determine that the preponderance of institutional tweets are 1) monologi...
Hagit Meishar-Tal2
Estimated H-index: 2
(HIT: Holon Institute of Technology),
Efrat Pieterse2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Western Galilee College)
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Published on Nov 1, 2016in Computers in Education
Torrey Trust7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst),
Daniel G. Krutka8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Texas Woman's University),
Jeffrey P. Carpenter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Elon University)
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Nordiana Ahmad Kharman Shah2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Soureh Latif Shabgahi2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Andrew Cox32
Estimated H-index: 32
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Yvonne Steinert38
Estimated H-index: 38
(McGill University),
Karen Mann44
Estimated H-index: 44
(Dal: Dalhousie University)
+ 9 AuthorsThomas R. Viggiano22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Mayo Clinic)
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Stefania Manca13
Estimated H-index: 13
(National Research Council),
Maria Ranieri14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UniFI: University of Florence)
Abstract This study aims at providing empirical evidence on how higher education scholars are using Social Media for personal, teaching and professional purposes. A survey tool was addressed to the entire Italian academic staff, with a response rate of 10.5% corresponding to 6139 responses. The study takes into account a number of socio-demographic variables such as gender, age, numbers of years of teaching, academic title, and academic discipline. It also explores the relationship between the d...
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Published on Nov 15, 2018in Higher Education3.00
Weiwei Yan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(WHU: Wuhan University),
Yin Zhang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(KSU: Kent State University)
Academic social networking sites are important communication tools commonly used by scholars. In order to obtain an understanding of how scholars at US higher education institutions utilize these sites, this study took ResearchGate (RG) as an example and collected data from 168,059 users from 61 US higher education institutions at three research activity levels as defined by the Carnegie Classification. A hierarchical cluster analysis was conducted, and four clusters of institutions with differe...
Published on Sep 1, 2018in Education and Information Technologies
Morteza Mellati3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UT: University of Tehran),
Marzieh Khademi3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Majid Abolhassani1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UT: University of Tehran)
Palmtop electronic devices such as Smartphones create innovative and omnipresent language contexts. Development of mobile systems and Internet access has been made feasible more sophisticated applications which allow the use of world wide databases and interactive web content. The pervasive use of these devices instigates researchers to seek the potential applications of these modern tools in educational settings; therefore, this study investigated the impact of creative interaction in social ne...
Published on Apr 3, 2018in Educational Media International
Torrey Trust7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst),
Jeffrey P. Carpenter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Elon University),
Daniel G. Krutka8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UNT: University of North Texas)
ABSTRACTLeaders in education are often the sole person in their particular role in a school, and have thus frequently struggled with professional isolation. In recent years, social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter have created new opportunities for educators, including instructional leaders, to expand their professional learning networks (PLN) to include a wider array of people, spaces, and tools. This manuscript presents the findings of a qualitative study of 400 instructional leaders’ ...
Published on Jan 1, 2018
Jeffrey P. Carpenter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Elon University),
Tim Green12
Estimated H-index: 12
(CSUF: California State University, Fullerton)
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Published on Nov 1, 2017in Teaching and Teacher Education2.41
Jeffrey P. Carpenter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Elon University),
Tim Green12
Estimated H-index: 12
(CSUF: California State University, Fullerton)
Abstract Voxer is a messaging tool that allows for voice, text, image, and video communication. To explore Voxer's role in education, we surveyed 240 educators. Heutagogy served as the theoretical framework for the study. Results indicated that participants used Voxer to communicate with educators from diverse roles and from beyond their schools, districts, and regions. Respondents employed Voxer more for professional learning than with students and/or families. The majority of respondents repor...