Recent Activities

Caroline Haythornthwaite

Recent Activities

Spotlight talk at Ontario Library Association

Fabulous ‘write-up’ of my talk, by artist Lisa Sorsa.

eLearn Centre, Open University of Catalonia/Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

  • E-learning ecologies — visit November 6-13; conference on November 12, 2015

Collaboration for Online Higher Education and Research (COHERE) conference

  • Invited presentation. From learning networks to learning communities: Theory informing practice for community outcomes, Oct. 22, 2015. COHERE, Halifax, NS. Organizer: Brad Wuetherick.

New Zealand



Flexibility and the teacher-learner-institution triad, April 29, 2105

  • 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.

Work in progress

  • Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age.
    • SSHRC Insight grant 2013-2018.PI: Anatoliy Gruzd; Co-PI: Caroline Haythornthwaite; Collaborator: George Siemens.
  • HICSS 49 – January 2016 – minitracks
    • Social Networking and Communities; Social Media and Learning. .


  • Handbook of E-learning Research, second edition (SAGE), in press. Editors: Caroline Haythornthwaite, Richard Andrews, Jude Fransman and Eric Meyers. Expected publication 2016.
  • Paulin, D. & Haythornthwaite, C. (forthcoming). Crowdsourcing the curriculum: Redefining e-learning practices through peer-generated approaches. For special issue of The Information Society on Connecting Fields: Information, Learning Sciences and Education, editors: June Ahn & Ingrid Erickson. Expected publication early 2016.
  • Haythornthwaite, C. (2015). Rethinking learning spaces: Networks, structures and possibilities for learning in the twenty-first century. Communication, Research and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/22041451.2015.1105773.
  • Gruzd, A., Paulin, D. & Haythornthwaite, C. (forthcoming). Analyzing social media and learning through content and social network analysis: A faceted methodological approach. Journal of Learning Analytics. [submitted]

Recently completed

  • Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI’14)
    • Public Event on learning analytics. Monday, June 30, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Gutman Conference Center, 6 Appian way, Cambridge, MA. Held in conjunction with LASI 2014, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, June 30 – July 2, 2014
    • Workshop:  Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age.  Anatoliy Gruzd, Caroline Haythornthwaite, Drew Paulin, Rafa Absar. The workshop included brief introductions by the speakers, and a  hands-on component providing instructions and examples of use of a free web-based network analysis tool called Netlytic.

Other Invited talks

  • October 2014 — Learning with the crowd? New structures, new practices for knowledge, learning, and education. Oxford Internet Institute, Bellwether lecture series.
  • August 2014 — Distinguished Visitor to the University of Canberra for a week on virtual communities and social networks. Concepts and Methods Workshop on August 27, 2014, with Robert Ackland, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Mathieu O’Neil, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. Organizer: Mathieu O’Neil.
  • June 30, 2014 – Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2014 – Public Event, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Organizer: Garron Hillaire
  • March 4, 2014 – Social Studies of Information. Keynote presentation at the workshop ‘Exploring the Social Studies of Information’, iConference, Berlin, Germany. Organizers: Thomas Haigh and Nadine Kozak.

For more, see my publications page.