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Crossing the Divide: Connecting Social Scholarship and Professional Learning Networks

, Charleston Southern University, United States ; , Michigan State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Washington, D.C., United States ISBN 978-1-939797-32-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


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.


Brandon, D. & Marich, H. (2018). Crossing the Divide: Connecting Social Scholarship and Professional Learning Networks. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2202-2206). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 19, 2019 from .

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