Dr. Bonnie Stewart is an educator and researcher fascinated by who we are when we’re online.
In an era of rapid change and increasing complexity, Bonnie’s work investigates the intersections of knowledge, technology, and identity for the field of education. Bonnie examines the implications of social networks for institutions, and frames these for leaders and educators in clear, collaborative sessions that focus on responsive solutions.
Bonnie’s work is centered in her capacity to help people find meaningful ways to work and think together. Based in participatory leadership models, her expertise includes digital scholarship, digital literacies, and the changing realities of contemporary higher ed. Her research foci include academic Twitter, the tensions between open and closed learning practices, and issues of equity and influence in digital networks and digital publics. For Bonnie, education is always a sociological and societal endeavour.
Bonnie has keynoted conferences and workshops throughout North America, and in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Founder and Director of Antigonish 2.0, a global project building institutional and community capacity in media literacy and civic engagement, she was involved in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) research during its early days in Canada, and has taught online and in hybrid contexts in higher ed since the 90s. Bonnie is Co-Chair of PEI’s province-wide #LearnDay, bringing the open, participatory ethos of her academic and consultancy work back into her community.
At the core of Bonnie’s work is a twenty-year career in education, and a writing habit. Bonnie has been published in Salon.com, The Guardian UK, Inside Higher Ed, University Affairs, and Hybrid Pedagogy, as well as peer-reviewed venues, and is currently lead researcher and writer of a ten-year Cultural Strategy for the province of PEI. She teaches courses in technologies, communications, digital pedagogy, leadership, and adult education, and leads workshops on digital strategy, digital leadership and digital pedagogies with school systems and in higher ed.
She works in the open. She thinks best out loud on Twitter, as @bonstewart. She writes to leave a mark in the snow.