Seminars & Workshops


Expertise on the Move (SIG USE)

In an age of open source, open access, crowdsourcing, blogging, e-learning, and massive open online courses our notions of expertise are on the move. Changes in the norms and sites of information sharing, knowledge building and learning are challenging traditional structures of authority. Online journals and news sites, open access, and creative commons licenses have transformed where, how, and from whom we gain our information; online learning and now MOOCs challenge the traditional classroom setting for learning; and crowdsourcing, peer production and a move to a participatory culture transform ideas of who contributes and who retrieves. In keeping with the theme of ‘“Information Behavior on the Move”, this talk will explore the transformations in authority arising from these many initiatives, as well as consider the impact of mobility on expertise and information behavior – mobility in location, setting, devices, as well as in medium, role, and discipline – ending with some suggestions on designing for movement and mobility in expertise and learning.

Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Caroline Haythornwaite Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite
Caroline Haythornthwaite is Director and Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (The iSchool@UBC) at The University of British Columbia. She joined UBC in 2010 after 14 years in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2009-10, she was Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London presenting and writing on learning networks; and in 2009 was a visiting researcher at the Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has an international reputation in research on information and knowledge sharing through social networks, and the impact of computer media and the Internet on work, learning and social interaction. She is a founding member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), an organization focused on bringing big data applications to learning and academic achievement. Major publications include The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research (2007, with Richard Andrews); E-learning Theory and Practice (2011, with Richard Andrews).


Early-bird:  SIG USE Members $110, Members $120, Non-members $135
Regular:  SIG USE Members $125, Members $135, Non-members $150