Three Cases of Hashtags Used as Learning and Professional Development Environments

  title={Three Cases of Hashtags Used as Learning and Professional Development Environments},
  author={George Veletsianos},
Hashtags offer exciting opportunities for professional development, teaching, and learning. However, their use reflects users’ needs and desires. To illustrate and problematize the ways hashtags are used in professional development settings, this study reports on users’ participation patterns, users’ roles, and content contributed to three unique hashtags. This mixed methods research employs data mining techniques to retrieve data. Using a collective case study methodology, the study compares… 


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