Recent Activities

Caroline Haythornthwaite

Recent Activities


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.

New Zealand

Visits and Talks in Australia

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.
  • Handbook of E-learning Research, second edition (SAGE), in progress.
    • Editors: Caroline Haythornthwaite, Richard Andrews, Jude Fransman and Eric Meyers. Expected publication 2015.
  • ‘Crowdsourcing the curriculum: Redefining e-learning practices through peer-generated approaches’ (submitted). Drew Paulin & Caroline Haythornthwaite.
    • For special issue of The Information Society on Connecting Fields: Information, Learning Sciences and Education, editors: June Ahn & Ingrid Erickson.
  • HICSS 49 – January 2016 – minitracks
    • Social Networking and Communities; Social Media and Learning. .

Recently completed

Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI’14)

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.
  • November 2, 2013. Expertise on the Move. Keynote presentation, ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium, Montreal, Que. Organizers: Mega M. Subramaniam and Beth L. St Jean.
  • October, 11 2013. Participatory culture: Drawing on the power of crowds and the support of communities. Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
  • Sept. 17, 2013. Social and technological network effects on citizens and society. Invited presentation, Global Societal Trends and the EU: An ESPAS Expert Seminar (ESPAS: European Strategy and Policy Analysis System,, Brussels, Belgium, Sept 17, 2013.

For more, see my publications page.