The #sschat Network: History, Purpose, & Implications of a Subject-Area Community
Wednesday, March 8 3:40 PM-4:00 PM Location: Barton
Presider: Joyce Miller, Texas A&M University-Commerce, United States
Abstract: In this paper, the author reviews the history of the #sschat network, an informal and organic professional development community that emerged on Twitter in 2010 and has grown beyond solely that medium and shifted ever since. The author has served as a co-leader of #sschat since 2012 and therefore tells the #sschat story from an emic perspective. The paper details the rise and evolution of #sschat, responsibilities of co-leaders, efforts of collective resource sharing, organization of face-to-face events, and online network infrastructure. In sharing this history, the author hopes educators and researchers might consider the possibilities and challenges of understanding informal subject-area communities online. He concludes with implications for the field.