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Reputation, Identity, & Influence in Scholarly Networks


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Explores how influence, reputation, and academic identity are circulated and enacted within scholarly online networks. Both academia and social networks can be said to be ‘reputational economies’ (Willinksy, 2010), but while scholars and educators are increasingly exhorted to ‘go online,’ those who do often find that their work and efforts may not be visible or understood within institutional contexts. This presentation outlines an ethnographic research project detailing the ways in which networked scholarly reputations operate, circulate, and intersect with contemporary concepts of academic impact, and focuses on the uses of scholarly networks and the literacies required to understand them.

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Reputation, Identity, & Influence in Scholarly Networks

  1. 1. Reputation, identity, & influence in scholarly networks Bonnie Stewart University of Prince Edward Island Networked Learning Conference 2014
  2. 2. Premise: Online networks enable different forms of identity, legitimacy,and belonging than institutions do
  3. 3. Networks Require Literacies + ACADEMICS
  4. 4. Networks & institutions are both reputational economies networked scholarly practices institutional scholarly practices
  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, p. 297).
  6. 6. Networked Reputations h"p://  
  7. 7. Academic Networked Publics •  Overlapping global networks •  Always accessible •  Visible, traceable, searchable identities •  Different audiences all in plain sight  
  8. 8. My Research •  Ethnography •  14 (13) participants, 8 exemplars •  3 months of participant observation on Twitter & blogs •  10 interviews
  9. 9. 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 influence in role influence in reputation audience = teacher audience = world                      
  10. 10. Dissemination Advantage
  11. 11. Community
  12. 12. Connection h"ps://  
  13. 13. Access to the Conversation
  14. 14. Speaking from the Margins
  15. 15. Speaking Back to Academia
  16. 16. Visioning Beyond Academia
  17. 17. Speaking Back to Media/Culture
  18. 18. Liability & Constraint
  19. 19. Positioning Fatigue
  20. 20. Thank you. J @bonstewart