[Air-L] CfP: Online communities in social and caring professions (workshop at ECSCW)

Dearden, Andrew M. a.m.dearden at shu.ac.uk
Sat Apr 30 01:47:11 PDT 2011

Call for Participation:Online communities in social and caring professions

A workshop at ECSCW 2011 <http://www.ecscw2011.org/>

Aarhus, Denmark, 24th September 2011

  Workshop Theme

Understanding and supporting the practices of collaborative work is one 
of the core goals of CSCW research. Online communities are an important 
setting in which shared work practices can emerge and become subject to 
joint improvement. The concept of communities of practice is frequently 
mentioned in this context. This workshop will take a closer look at the 
interplay of technical, social and learning aspects of communities of 
practice for social and caring professions. These domains have in common 
that the typical primary activity does not involve computer use to a 
large extent. Communities of practice still exist (and have their 
value), but the opportunities for computer mediated communication in 
these communities are not well investigated. The goal of this workshop 
is to bring together researchers and practitioners experienced in 
communities for social and caring professions. We will discuss lessons 
learned with the goal of finding socio-technical design patterns and 
determining a research roadmap.

  How to Participate

We invite you to share your experiences with designing, facilitating or 
studying online-communities in caring and social professions. Relevant 
topics are (but not limited to):

-Self-organization and moderation of these communities

-Communities of practice involving both professionals and volunteers

-Communities of service providers and their relationship with service users

-Sharing innovative work practices in on-line communities

-Communities for learning, support and improvement of practices

-Inter-organizational learning in communities

-Communities fostering Open Innovation

-Blended interactions in communities (combining co-located face to face 
interaction with distributed online interaction)

-Engagement of "digital immigrants" (i.e. people who are less familiar 
with digital communications technologies) in online communities

-Knowledge sharing in communities

-The role of mobile devices as community support technologies

-Communities that cross international borders

Please submit a short position paper no longer than 6 pages. Submissions 
should be sent electronically to till.scheummer at fernuni-hagen.de 
<mailto:till.scheummer at fernuni-hagen.de>. Please adhere to the ECSCW 
style guidelines found at the ECSCW web site (e.g., 

The workshop organizing committee will review all papers. Workshop 
participants will be selected based on the appropriateness and quality 
of their position paper. On acceptance, you will be asked to 1) prepare 
a poster about your position paper, 2) read two other position papers to 
serve as a discussant, and 3) prepare one slide, answering the following 

   1. Who is the community?
   2. How big it the community (number of participants / broadness/ ...)?
   3. Major challenges faced?
   4. Number one recommendation for someone else?
   5. Stuff not to do?

All accepted position papers will be published on-line. We are currently 
negotiating publication opportunities in special issues of highly 
visible journals in which extended versions of the best contributions 
shall appear.

  Important Dates

*1st of June 2011:* Deadline for submitting position papers 
electronically to Till Schümmer (till.schuemmer at fernuni-hagen.de)

*15th June 2011:* Acceptance notification

*28th June 2011:* Early registration deadline for ECSCW 2011

*24th or 25th September 2011: *Workshop in Aarhus, Denmark

Please note that workshop participants are required to register for the 
full conference.

  Workshop Organizers

*Till Schümmer*
FernUniversität in Hagen, Cooperative Systems (Germany)
/Till.schuemmer at fernuni-hagen.de <mailto:Till.schuemmer at fernuni-hagen.de>/

*Niels Pinkwart*
Clausthal University of Technology, Department of Informatics (Germany)
/niels.pinkwart at tu-clausthal.de/

*Andrew M. Dearden*
Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Communication & Computing Research 
Centre (UK)
/a.m.dearden at shu.ac.uk/

*Ann Light*
Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Communication & Computing Research 
Centre (UK)
/a.light at shu.ac.uk/

Andy Dearden
Professor of Interactive Systems Design
Communication&  Computing Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
Furnival Building
153 Arundel Street
S1 2NU, UK

Tel: +44 114 225 6878
Fax: +44 114 225 2718

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