1st Edition

Social Media in Academia Networked Scholars

By George Veletsianos Copyright 2016
    140 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    140 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Social media and online social networks are expected to transform academia and the scholarly process. However, intense emotions permeate scholars’ online practices and an increasing number of academics are finding themselves in trouble in networked spaces. In reality, the evidence describing scholars’ experiences in online social networks and social media is fragmented. As a result, the ways that social media are used and experienced by scholars are not well understood. Social Media in Academia examines the day-to-day realities of social media and online networks for scholarship and illuminates the opportunities, tensions, conflicts, and inequities that exist in these spaces. The book concludes with suggestions for institutions, individual scholars, and doctoral students regarding online participation, social media, networked practice, and public scholarship.


    1. Introduction
    2. Networked Scholarship
    3. Anna: A Social Media Advocate
    4. Networks of Knowledge Creation and Dissemination
    5. Jaime: The Complicated Realities of Day-to-Day Social Media Use
    6. Networks of Tension and Conflict
    7. Nicholas: A Visitor
    8. Networks of Inequity
    9. Networks of Disclosure
    10. Fragmented Networks
    11. Scholarly Networks or, Scholars in Networks?
    12. Conclusion




    George Veletsianos is Canada Research Chair of Innovative Learning and Technology and Associate Professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He has been developing and researching digital learning environments since 2004.

    "A timely and significant contribution to the field. Many books tend to take either an advocacy stance or dystopian view of technology in scholarship, but Veletsianos manages to take a critical perspective that is both grounded in theory and rooted in practical experience. For any academic interested in the impact of networked technology on teaching or research, this is highly recommended."

    --Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK

    "Social Media in Academia is one of those rare books that every new assistant professor and doctoral student should read and take to heart. Establishing one's public profile through networked scholarship is not a task to be undertaken casually, but one that requires mindfulness and discernment. Veletsianos provides invaluable guidance that all academics, but especially those just starting out, should heed."

    --Thomas C. Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia, USA