Networked Community

We are working on a new research project to understand the impact social media and digital networks have on both individual and collective profession in higher education. Find more details about this study here:  The Networked Communities of Practice (#NetworkedCoP) Research.


We are interested in learning HOW and WHY graduate students, professional staff, senior administrators, and scholar-practitioners are participating in digital networks for professional development, career growth, digital identity, personal learning, and more. Many of our colleagues are writing blogs, joining Facebook group discussions, participating in a weekly Twitter chat, consuming/creating higher ed podcasts, and frequently using hashtags to connect with their peers – but how does this impact our personal and professional practice in higher education? If you are digitally connected, in ANY way, we would appreciate your contribution to this research.

Who Should Participate?
We welcome members of the Student Affairs and/or Higher Education Community who engage in professional and/or personal development using digital tools and/or social media platforms. This includes graduate students, professional staff, senior administrators, and/or scholar-practitioners who are part of the post-secondary sector who affiliate with online networks and social media practices.

To participate in this study, please consider completing the following items:

Part I: Networked Community of Practice SURVEY

Please complete a short, web-based survey that will take 15-20 minutes to complete. You will be asked questions about your individual online practice on social media and digital platforms, and your involvement in networked professional development, learning, and community contributions online.

Part II: Share Your Networked Self [INTERVIEW]

Please complete this online form to indicate your availability to participate in this portion of the research study, to share more about your digital, networked self. We will ask you to disclose about your personal/professional experiences and social practices in online environments impact your work in the field, and you may potentially be invited for one (1) interview lasting approximately 45-60 minutes in duration.

The Networked Communities of Practice (#NetworkedCoP) research study is created to explore how student affairs and higher education professionals participate in both individually online and within online networked communities.   Consider participating in our study to tell us:

  • What communities you participate and interact with online?
  • Why do you contribute or interact with these networked communities?
  • How does your digital practice impact your professional identity and influence?
  • What type of professional development, networking, and learning have you experienced from these communities?
  • What benefits, challenges, and affordances occur within this networked practice?

Want to learn more about the #NetworkedCoP Research?

This research project is being conducted by Dr. Paul Eaton (Sam Houston State University) and Dr. Laura Pasquini (University of North Texas) and has been approved by the SHSU Institutional Review Board (#30423) and the UNT Institutional Review Board (#16-310). [IRB: irb-16-310-pasquini-approval-letter]. More information about this study can be reviewed at