Collaboration Systems and Technology Track


At the spectacular Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii

HICSS-36 January 6 - 9, 2010


1. Definition and Description:

Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALNs) use computer-mediated communication to support online courses of study, in which anytime, anywhere access to interactions among the students and the teacher/facilitator is a key element. In addition to class discussions and group projects, other elements frequently incorporated are use of the World Wide Web and of web-based tutorials or simulations, and/or synchronous web-mediated communication sessions. The asynchronous nature of the interaction leads to new paradigms for teaching and learning, with both unique problems of coordination and unique opportunities to support active, collaborative (group or team-based) learning.

Topics for the mini-track papers include:

1. Theoretical frameworks appropriate for ALN research that integrate aspects of theory from the fileds of education or cognitive psychology (learning theories), social impacts of computing, and/or communication media.

2. Qualitative or quantitative evaluations, which
    a. Explore how ALN can most productively be used to enhance teaching and learning and/or
    b. measure and assess how ALN courses differ from traditional Face to Face, or Computer-Assisted Instruction, or other modes of course delivery. Such assessments might include negative as well as positive impacts on processes and outcomes, for teaching staff and other stakeholders, as wellas students.

3. Innovative software to support ALN or "computer-supported collaborative learning" in an anytime/anywhere format, which has actually been used and evaluated in one or more courses.

4. Innovative pedagogy using collaborative learning for ALN's in new ways (with some empirical evaluation reported to assess its effectiveness)

5. Research on social or policy issues that are related to "virtual universities."

Note: 1. HICSS attendees receive special, substantially discouted rates at the Hilton Waikoloa which has a "camp" for children.
          2. The LAN minitrack is part of a full day of minitracks on the theme of "learning systems."

Organizers: Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102. (

Mini-track co-chair: David Spencer, ( (joint Ph.D. in Management Program, Rutgers University and NJIT)


March 31, 2009 Abstracts submitted for guidance and indication of appropriate content. (This is OPTIONAL, you may submit a paper later even if you do not submit an abstract).

June 1, 2009 Full papers submitted to Minitrack Chairs. Send as a computer file to

June 15 (approx)  Initial decisions and requests for revisions

August 15, 2009 Final revised versions of papers submitted

August 31, 2009 Notice of acceptance or rejections of papers sent to authors by minitrack chairs.

October 1, 2009 Accepted manuscripts sent electronically to the publisher of the conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to attend the conference by this date. Registration cancellations after this date may result in the paper being pulled from the Proceeding prior to printing. See confernce web site for registration fee refund policy.

Note: Because HICSS is a nonprofit activity funded entirely by registration fees, all participants and speakers are expected to have their university/organization bear the cost of their expenses and registration. HICSS is not able to subsidize registrations or offer reduced fees.



1. Send an email attachment copy of the full paper, consisting of 22-26 double- spaced pages in 12 pointfont, including diagrams  , directly to Minitrack Chairs.  (NOTE: The final paper will be 10 pages, double-column, single spaced.)

2. Do not submit the manuscript to more than one Minitrack Chair. Papers should contain original material and not be previously published, or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.

3. Each paper must have a title page to include title of the paper, full name of all authors, and complete addresses including affiliation(s), telephone number(s), and e-mail address(es).

4. The first page of the manuscript should include only the title and a 300-word abstract of the paper.



* Collaboration Systems; Chair: Jay Nunamaker; Email:

                                        Co-Chair: Robert O. Briggs; Email:

* Complex Systems; Chair: Robert Thomas; Email:

* Decision Tech. for Management; Chair: Dan Dolk; Email:

* Digital Documents and Media; Chair: Michael Stepherd; Email:

* Emerging Technologies; Co-Chair: Ralph H. Sprague; Email:

                                     Co-Chair: Hesham El-Rewini; Email:

* Information Technology in Health Care; Chair: William Chismar


* Internet & the Digital Economy; Co-Chair: David King; Email:

                                   Co-Chair: Alan Dennis; Email:

* Organizational Systems & Tech.; Chair: Hugh Watson; Email:

* Software Technology; Chair: Hesham El-Rewini; Email:

For the latest information; visit the HICSS web site

HICSS conferences are devoted to advances in the information, computer, and system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and practice. Invited papers may be theoretical, conceptual, tutorial or descriptive in nature. Submissions undergo a peer referee process and those selected for presentation will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Submissions must not have been previously published.


Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair


Eileen Dennis, Track Administrator


Tel: 1-812-331-0551

Fax: 1-812-331-0564

Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator


Tel: 1-808-956-3251

Fax: 1-808-956-5759


Hilton Waikoloa Village (on the Big Island of Hawaii)

425 Waikoloa Beach Drive

Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738

Tel: 1-808-886-1234

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