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Bonnie  Stewart  - University of Prince Edward Island . Charlottetown, PE, CA

Bonnie Stewart

Coordinator of Adult Teaching & Professional Learning | University of Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, PE, CANADA

Dr. Bonnie Stewart researches social media's intersection with education & professional development, & leads digital strategy in education.



Bonnie Stewart is an education researcher and practitioner fascinated by who we are when we’re online. Coordinator of Adult Teaching and Professional Learning at the University of Prince Edward Island, Bonnie leads digital strategy and professional learning initiatives.

Her research focuses primarily on digital literacies, networked scholarship, and the intersections of knowledge and technologies. A networked educator who began working in online education in the 1990s, Bonnie was involved with Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) research in its early Canadian incarnations. Bonnie has published in, The Guardian UK, and Inside Higher Ed in addition to a variety of peer-reviewed venues, and he does her best thinking aloud on Twitter as @bonstewart.

Industry Expertise (6)


Social Media

Media - Online

Writing and Editing

Program Development

Professional Training and Coaching

Areas of Expertise (7)

Social Media


Higher Education


Digital Strategy

Digital Pedagogy

Professional Learning

Accomplishments (1)

Hessian Award For Excellence in Teaching (professional)


I was one of four 2016 recipients of the University of Prince Edward Island's Hessian Award for Excellence in Teaching. This annual award requires nomination by students and supervisors, and evaluation by peers.

Education (1)

University of Prince Edward Island: Ph.D, Educational Studies 2015

Dissertation title - Scholarship in Abundance: Influence, Engagement, and Attention in Scholarly Networks

Media Appearances (4)

The Decay of Twitter

The Atlantic  print


My informal work (since published in peer-reviewed formats) forms the backbone of Meyer's argument here about what changed in Twitter in 2014, and how emergent tactical practices are shaping the social environment.

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Social Media Panel on Online Shaming

CBC  radio


I contributed to a two-person CBC radio PEI panel about the increasing intersection of social media mob practices and real-life consequences, including job loss.

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Students in PEI Enjoy Chance to Teach Future Teachers

The Guardian PE  print


Coverage of my 2014 Communications class project at UPEI, wherein we partnered with a class of local junior high students who were learning to blog, in order to practice formative evaluation and varying public and private forms of learning feedback.

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Is It Something In the Potatoes?

Atlantic Business Magazine  print


This article showcased myself and a number of other PEI residents who were leaders in social media and networked practices at the time.

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Event Appearances (7)

Keynote - Digital leadership: A primer for open academics.

Digital Learning Innovators’ Program  LaTrobe University, Melbourne Australia


Keynote - Connecting beyond content: The impact of the digital on higher ed

#T3: Transformative Teaching Through Technology  St. Norbert College, DePere, WI


Keynote - Beyond the institution: Networked professionals and digital engagement in higher education

CAPAL, 2016 Congress of the Social Sciences & Humanities  University of Calgary, Calgary, AB


Keynote - Excellence & the wild rumpus: What networks mean for higher education

Innovate 2016  Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


Keynote - Scholarly networks: Friend or foe or risky fray?

Digital Pedagogy Lab Cairo  The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt


Keynote - Education in abundance: Network learning and literacies

eLearning 2016  Scottsdale, AZ


Invited Talk - Academic Twitter: The intersection of orality & literacy in scholarship?

NetworkED Seminar Series  London School of Economics, London, UK