Please join us on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 4:0-5:00 at the Ryerson Social Media Lab for a talk by Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite, Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, The iSchool at The University of British Columbia on:
“Exploring Learning Networks: Social Network Structures for Design of Learning Crowds and Communities”
Event: Social Media Lab Speaker Series
Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: 10 Dundas Street East, Toronto
Ryerson Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management
As social media and online forums now appear almost routinely as delivery and support mechanisms for contemporary endeavours, particularly in the learning sector, a social network view lets us analyze and intervene to create and foster the desired kind of learning network – whether a crowd-sourced repository, an online class, or a closely-knit but widely distributed online community. This presentation brings together work on online networks and social network analysis to explore how different configurations support different outcomes, and where to place attention to initialize and maintain crowd and community forms of online learning and organizing.
Caroline Haythornthwaite is Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, The iSchool at The University of British Columbia . She joined UBC in 2010 after 14 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and 10 years in the computing industry. She has an international reputation in research on e-learning, virtual community, and distributed knowledge from a social network analysis perspective, and the impact of computer media and the Internet on work, learning and social interaction. Current initiatives includes her role as a founding member with the Society for Learning Analytics Research (http://solaresearch.org/) an organization focused on exploring the role and impact of analytics in support of teaching, learning and academic achievement; research on social media and learning supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and continued examination of motivations to contribute to open, online initiatives. Major publications include of E-learning Theory and Practice (2011, with Richard Andrews), The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research (2007, with Richard Andrews; 2nd edition in progress), The Internet in Everyday Life (2002, with Barry Wellman), and recent journal special issues on ‘New Media, New Literacies, and New Forms of Learning’, International Journal of Learning and Media (2014) and Learning Analytics, American Behavioral Scientist (2013). Further information can be found on her website http://haythorn.wordpress.com/.
About the Social Media Lab Speaker Series:
The Social Media Lab Speaker Series bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and debate key issues associated with social media and new media research. The series serves as a site for Toronto-based social media scholars to meet and network. Traditionally we invite leading and emerging researchers in the field to discuss theoretical and methodological topics that are of interest to the broader research community. We usually feature 8-10 talks per semester. The talks are typically about forty minutes long followed by twenty minutes of Q&A. For those who cannot join us in person, the talks are broadcast live over Periscope and posted on YouTube after the event.