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Caroline Haythornthwaite


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Caroline Haythornthwaite is Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2009-10 she is Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London. Her research examines how the Internet and computer media support and affect work, learning, and social interaction, with a focus on how information and knowledge is shared through social networks, and collaborative practices are facilitated and extended through information technologies. Her studies have examined social networks of work and media use, the development and nature of community online, distributed knowledge processes, the nature and constraints of interdisciplinary collaboration, and the transformative effects of the Internet and web 2.0 technologies on learning and collaborative practices. She has written extensively on the Internet, online social networks, and online learning (e-learning). Major publications include The Internet in Everyday Life (Blackwell, 2002, with Barry Wellman); Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education: Research and Practice (Lang, 2004, with Michelle M. Kazmer), a special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication on Computer-Mediated Collaborative Practices and Systems (2005), and the Handbook of E-learning Research (Sage, 2007, with Richard Andrews). A new book on e-learning is in preparation for publication in 2011: E-learning Research and Practice, co-authored with Professor Richard Andrews and published by Sage. 


e-learning, online community, social networks, computer-mediated communication 


Andrews, R. & Haythornthwaite, C. (Eds.) (2007). Handbook of E-Learning Research. London: Sage. (including 'Introduction to e-learning research', pp. 1-52, co-authored with R. Andrews; and 'Digital divide and e-learning', pp. 97-118).

Haythornthwaite, C., Bruce, B. C., Andrews, R., Kazmer, M. M., Montague, R. & Preston, C. (2007). New theories and models of and for online learning. First Monday, 12(8).

Haythornthwaite, C. (2007). Social networks and online community. In A. Joinson, K. McKenna, U. Reips & T. Postmes (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology (pp. 121-136). Oxford University Press.

Haythornthwaite, C. (2008). Learning relations and networks in web-based communities. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 4(2), 140-158.

Haythornthwaite, C. (2009). Participatory transformations. In W. Cope & M. Kalantzis (Eds.), Ubiquitous Learning (pp. 31-48). Champaign, IL: U. of Illinois Press.

Haythornthwaite, C. & Andrews, R. (in preparation, 2011). E-learning Research and Practice. Sage.