A special issue of International Journal of Web Based Communities
Web 2.0 and Social Software focus on new or existing software systems which are influenced by human communication and collaboration, or, to put it another way, Web 2.0 is heavily reliant on social interaction, and so social web-based applications generate and require a human-centred design approach.
The number of users of Web 2.0 applications in private settings (e.g., leisure) is very high. However, in organisations and institutions, Web 2.0 concepts or such combined applications are still at an early stage. The same is true for universities. There are some Web 2.0 tools in universities, in particular Wikis and Blogs, but the usage of these tools for supporting teaching, learning or research is not yet fully developed. How can Web 2.0 support community-based learning or research processes in academia?
The aim is to collect proposals for academic practice with Web 2.0, to specify research questions dealing with Web 2.0 in academia or to discuss new research methods and their challenges in this topic (e.g., e-ethnography). The special issue wants to share practical experience or research results about using Web 2.0 in teaching and research, for example, e-learning goes Web 2.0, scientific communities go Web 2.0 or research publications go Web 2.0. Therefore, we strongly encourage researchers and practitioners who have ideas or experience of using Web 2.0 applications in academia to submit a paper.
Research questions the special issue will focus include, but are not limited to:
- What Web 2.0 applications exist in universities, in research or in learning?
- Do Web 2.0 applications in academia make a difference to existing Internet applications like email, content management systems or newsgroups?
- Do you have success stories or success criteria of Web 2.0 usage in academic fields?
- What changes are observable or essential when introducing Web 2.0 concepts in teaching or research settings?
- How can we introduce Web 2.0 applications in the academic world?
- What is the negative side of Web 2.0 in Academia with respect to plagiarism and "Wikipedia-only" references in student theses?
Deadline for paper submission: 18 July, 2008
Notification to authors: 12 September, 2008
Deadline for camera ready papers: 31 October, 2008