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
email: c.haythorn @ ubc . ca         twitter: #hthwaite

I am Professor and past Director of 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.



Networked Learning Conference 2016 – May 2016

Slides (pdf) from my keynote presentation at NLC2016:  New Metaphors for Networked Learning

Call for Papers

HICSS 50 – January 2017 – Call for Papers

  • Social Networking and Communities
  • Learning within Digital and Social Media

Papers just out

with Drew Paulin is out *** February, 2016 ***

  • Paulin, D. & Haythornthwaite, C. (2016). Crowdsourcing the curriculum: Redefining e-learning practices through peer-generated approaches. The Information Society, 32(2), 130–142. doi:10.1080/01972243.2016.1130501.
    In the special issue on Connecting Fields: Information, Learning Sciences and Education, editors: June Ahn & Ingrid Erickson.

Spotlight talk at Ontario Library Association

Fabulous ‘write-up’ of my talk on Redefining Learning for a Networked World, at Ontario Library Association conference, by graphic facilitator and artist Liisa Sorsa.


sagrada familia 2Visit 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

Paper based on the ANZCA presentation published Nov 2015:
Haythornthwaite, C. (2015). Rethinking learning spaces: Networks, structures and possibilities for learning in the 21st century. Communication, Research and Practice, 1(4), 292-306. DOI: 10.1080/22041451.2015.1105773.
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

Videos of talks and interviews


  •  Flexibility and the Teacher-Learner-Institution Triad
    • Blog … The term flexible learning is bandied about a lot these days, but what does it really mean? Does it signify a brave new transformation in approach and practice for teaching, learning and education, and if so, what kind of transformation is it? It is all new, or does it—or can it—inherit and gain from the state-of-the-art of the former flexible option of online or e-learning? … continue reading on the UBC Digital Learning blog.
  • Best Social Informatics paper of 2013 awarded in 2014 to Nama Budhathoki and myself by ASIST SIG-SI. See also Nama’s mapping work in Nepal with his Kathmandu Living Labs.
    • Budhathoki, N. & Haythornthwaite, C. (2013). Motivation for open collaboration: Crowd and community models and the case of OpenStreetMap. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(5), 548 – 575.


For more see my publications page.