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Networked Scholars 

&…Authentic Influence?
Bonnie Stewart
@bonstewart
University of Prince Edward Island
Edinburgh 2014
networked scholarship
h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/8717211019/	
  
influence = a complex equation
h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/28517410@N02/5422484194/	
  
networks & institutions

are both reputational economies
Those within the academy become 

very skilled at judging the stuff of
reputations. Where has the person’s work
been publis...
what does this mean?
NETWORKED SCHOLARSHIP
•  Introduction
•  Context: Information Abundance
•  Content: Influence & Networks
•  Conversation: A...
dissemination
of knowledge
what people
had for lunch
CHANGE IN
HIGHER ED
Premise:
Online networks enable different forms of...
information abundance	

h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/silaBx/9886617776/sizes/c	
  
backdrop: changing educational culture
knowledge scarcity
knowledge abundance
open systems
public, institutional values
ma...
increasing pressure to go online
channels of abundance = networks
h"ps://plus.google.com/+DaveGray/posts/CQRVeKEsUvF	
  
not about online/offline binaries
h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/zigazou76/5824384001/sizes/z/	
  
networks require literacies
+ ACADEMICS
networks require time
so.

what counts as influence in scholarly
networks?

public identity = price of admission
not about tech
networked identities = multiple &
participatory
my research
•  ethnography
•  14 (13) participants, 8 exemplars
•  3 months of participant observation on Twitter & blogs
...
dissemination advantage
but there’s more
community
connection
h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/94342662@N00/3869483214/	
  
access to the conversation
speaking from the margins
speaking back to academia
speaking back to media/culture
participating from afar
but.
liability & constraint
signal/noise filters
h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/promediagroup/5726389205	
  
positioning fatigue
immersion required
not fully immersed yet?
h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/zeon7/3204734196/	
  
literacies for understanding academic 

networked publics
Institutions Networks
product-focused process-focused
mastery pa...
authenticity?
h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/esellers/8090580072/	
  
the word ‘authentic’ can be
dangerous in 

digital contexts
authenticity online?

show your work
h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/pooniesphotos/4452667112/	
  
is it just a numbers game?
h"p://manipulaBon.no-­‐art.info/overview.html	
  
profiles = identity work	
  
profiles = information
profiles = institutional ++
fluencies that matter
there are real, complex global
conversations happening
keep learning to read them
h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/koonisutra/7001349018/	
  
“who dares to teach must 

never cease

to learn.”


- John Cotton Dana, 1912
 
thank you.



@bonstewart

bstewart@upei.ca
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What does academic influence mean in an age of information abundance? This keynote delivered at the University of Edinburgh's #elearninged conference explores the idea of authenticity in the context of networked scholarship, and outlines ongoing research into why scholars use networks and how they read each others' reputations and credibility within them.

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  1. 1. Networked Scholars 
 &…Authentic Influence? Bonnie Stewart @bonstewart University of Prince Edward Island Edinburgh 2014
  2. 2. networked scholarship h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/8717211019/  
  3. 3. influence = a complex equation h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/28517410@N02/5422484194/  
  4. 4. networks & institutions
 are both reputational economies
  5. 5. Those within the academy become 
 very skilled at judging the stuff of reputations. Where has the person’s work been published, what claims of 
 priority in discovery have
 they established, how often have they been cited, how and where reviewed, what 
 prizes won, what institutional ties earned, what organizations led? 
 
 (Willinsky, 2010)
  6. 6. what does this mean?
  7. 7. NETWORKED SCHOLARSHIP •  Introduction •  Context: Information Abundance •  Content: Influence & Networks •  Conversation: Authenticity?
  8. 8. dissemination of knowledge what people had for lunch CHANGE IN HIGHER ED Premise: Online networks enable different forms of identity, legitimacy, and belonging than institutions do
  9. 9. information abundance h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/silaBx/9886617776/sizes/c  
  10. 10. backdrop: changing educational culture knowledge scarcity knowledge abundance open systems public, institutional values market values closed systems
  11. 11. increasing pressure to go online
  12. 12. channels of abundance = networks h"ps://plus.google.com/+DaveGray/posts/CQRVeKEsUvF  
  13. 13. not about online/offline binaries h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/zigazou76/5824384001/sizes/z/  
  14. 14. networks require literacies + ACADEMICS
  15. 15. networks require time
  16. 16. so.
 what counts as influence in scholarly networks?

  17. 17. public identity = price of admission
  18. 18. not about tech
  19. 19. networked identities = multiple & participatory
  20. 20. my research •  ethnography •  14 (13) participants, 8 exemplars •  3 months of participant observation on Twitter & blogs •  10 interviews
  21. 21. dissemination advantage
  22. 22. but there’s more
  23. 23. community
  24. 24. connection h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/94342662@N00/3869483214/  
  25. 25. access to the conversation
  26. 26. speaking from the margins
  27. 27. speaking back to academia
  28. 28. speaking back to media/culture
  29. 29. participating from afar
  30. 30. but.
  31. 31. liability & constraint
  32. 32. signal/noise filters h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/promediagroup/5726389205  
  33. 33. positioning fatigue
  34. 34. immersion required
  35. 35. not fully immersed yet? h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/zeon7/3204734196/  
  36. 36. literacies for understanding academic 
 networked publics Institutions Networks product-focused process-focused mastery participation bounded by time/space always accessible hierarchical ties peer-to-peer ties plagiarism crowdsourcing authority in role authority in reputation audience = institutional audience = world                      
  37. 37. authenticity? h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/esellers/8090580072/  
  38. 38. the word ‘authentic’ can be dangerous in 
 digital contexts
  39. 39. authenticity online?
 show your work h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/pooniesphotos/4452667112/  
  40. 40. is it just a numbers game?
  41. 41. h"p://manipulaBon.no-­‐art.info/overview.html  
  42. 42. profiles = identity work  
  43. 43. profiles = information
  44. 44. profiles = institutional ++
  45. 45. fluencies that matter
  46. 46. there are real, complex global conversations happening
  47. 47. keep learning to read them h"ps://www.flickr.com/photos/koonisutra/7001349018/  
  48. 48. “who dares to teach must 
 never cease
 to learn.” 
 - John Cotton Dana, 1912
  49. 49.   thank you.
 
 @bonstewart
 bstewart@upei.ca
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