Networked Practices & 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 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 Higher Education Professionals, Practitioners, and Staff 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:


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.


Please fill out this form to indicate your availability/interest for participation in our research study – specifically a 45-60 minute Skype/phone/web conference interview. We are interested in understanding more of your digital, networked self, who might include reviewing your digital presence on social media and other online platforms, or perhaps even your lack thereof. Being online or on any social media networks is NOT a requirement for participating in this study – we also want to hear from those of you who are not connected or are just starting to think about your digital identity and online involvement for professional practice.

The Networked Communities of Practice 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 Continuation Approval Letter 2018-2019]. More information about this study can be reviewed at: