Media Multiplexity in Connectivist MOOCs: Examining the Role of Social Media in Collaborative Learning #LAK15

View image | Can social media usage enhance collaborative learning? That is one of the questions that Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd (@gruzd) of Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management and Professor Caroline Haythornwaite (@hthwaite) of the University of British Columbia are setting out to answer. With the help of collaborators Rafa Absar (@rafaabsar) at[…]

Social Media & Society Conference

CFP: 2015 Social Media & Society Conference Toronto, Canada July 27-29, 2015 #SMSociety15

We are pleased to release the Call for Proposals for the 2015 Social Media and Society Conference to be held in Toronto, Canada on July 27-29, 2015. The Conference invites scholarly and original submissions that build on the previous work and critically evaluate the role of social media for social and political change, community engagement,[…]


Some Reflections on #SMSociety14: What are the impact and implications of social media on society?

This question was the fundamental discussion point of the Social Media and Society 2014 conference in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 27-28, 2014. Now in its fifth year, the conference, organized by the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University (a partner in the Mining Biodiversity project funded by the IMLS Digging Into Data Challenge, of which BHL[…]

LASI 2014 Workshop on Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age

This week, our #pLASMA team ran a very successful workshop on Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age at the Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI 2014) at Harvard University.   Below is a copy of our slide deck. To follow the hands on practical portion of the workshop, visit  


#SMSociety14 Keynote Spotlight: Microsoft’s John Weigelt (@Thumbtackhead) #Toronto

What’s the big deal with big data? “There is a data-driven transformation underway” that impacts our everyday lives, says Microsoft’s National Technology Officer John Weigelt(Weigelt, 2014). John – who advocates for the use of technology by private and public sectors, economic development, innovation, environmental sustainability, accessibility, privacy, and security – will be one of the keynote[…]


#SMSociety14 Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Keith Hampton (@mysocnet) #Toronto

Are we becoming more isolated because of our incessant need to be glued to our screens? Keith Hampton, an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Rutgers University, doesn’t think so. In his research, Keith explores the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement, and the urban environment. We are thrilled to welcome Keith[…]