Caroline Haythornthwaite


School of Library, Archival & Information Studies
The iSchool at The University of British Columbia
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Suite 470- 1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
voice: 604 827-4790    fax: 604-822-6006
email: c.haythorn @ ubc . ca twitter: #hthwaite

I am Professor at SLAIS, The iSchool at The University of British Columbia, currently on leave (2015-16). From 2010-2015 I was Director of the iSchool@UBC. I joined UBC in 2010 after 14 years as a faculty member at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and an earlier career as a programmer and systems analyst.

This wordpress site describes my research activities. See the iSchool@UBC pages for more information on the School, faculty and students, Research Day, and the SLAISMatters newsletter.

My research focuses on how the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs) support work, learning and social interaction. I approach this primarily from a social network analysis perspective. Listed below are some current activities and selected articles by topic that relate to my areas of work and interest which include e-learning, learning analytics, social media, computer-mediated communication, and online crowds and communities. The following is a brief summary of my research interests and publications. More details are available on associated pages.

For a general overview, see my areas of research.


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  • Visit to e-Learn Centre at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
    • Week long visit, included discussion and seminar on Lifelong Learning Ecologies (Nov, 9-13, 2015), organized by Albert Sangrà Morer, UOC and UNESCO Chair of Education and Technology for Social Change.



  • Two talks  in New Zealand July 2015DSC03877
    • Keynote at the ANZCA (Australia New Zealand Communication Association) Learning Networks: Rethinking Spaces, Structures and Possibilities for Learning in the 21st Century,  held in Queenstown, NZ in the Remarkables mountain range
    • *** JUST OUT *** Nov 2015 ***
      Paper based on the ANZCA presentation: available to up to 50 colleagues (who can’t otherwise get to it via their university subscriptions) through this  eprint link http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/89tmpiPVfWDPTecqQ6H4/ful
    • Public Lecture for the Ako Aotearoa, the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary e-Learning Reference Group (TeLRG) in Wellington, NZ: Social Network Structures for Networked Learning Communities.

For more see my recent activity or my publications page.