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Tuesday, April 24 • 15:15 - 15:40
A social media analysis of open education discourses found on Twitter from 2009 to 2016

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In recent years, open education has gained significant interest among educational institutions, innovation leaders, and within popular media. In this study, we use Twitter social media data to examine the discourses surrounding openness as well as the people who participate in the discourse around openness. By targeting hashtags related to open education, we gathered the most extensive dataset of historical open education tweets to date (n = 178,304 tweets and 23,061 users) and conducted a mixed methods analysis of openness from 2009 to 2016. We find that the movement towards openness in education has a variety of meanings for different people and has evolved significantly over time. Findings show that the diversity of participants has varied somewhat over time and that the discourse has predominantly revolved around open resources, although there are signs that an increase in interest around pedagogy, teaching, and learning is emerging.

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avatar for Royce Kimmons

Royce Kimmons

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University
avatar for Michael Paskevicius

Michael Paskevicius

University of Victoria
Michael Paskevicius is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning at Vancouver Island University and a Ph.D. candidate with the University of Victoria. His research focusses on open educational practices, emerging technologies, and knowledge... Read More →
avatar for George Veletsianos

George Veletsianos

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Royal Roads University
open scholarship, social media, emerging technologies, emerging pedagogies, networked participatory scholarship, learners’, educators’, and scholars’ practices and experiences in emerging online settings (e.g., social networks, social media, and open learning environments... Read More →


Tuesday April 24, 2018 15:15 - 15:40
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