Linda Harasim

Linda Harasim is an expert in the field of online education


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  • 1983 Ph.D. Educational Theory, University of Toronto, Canada.
  • 1973 M.A. University of Alberta, Canada.
  • 1971 B.A. University of Alberta, Canada.

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  • Harasim, L. (2017). Learning Theory and Online Technologies (2ndEdition). RoutledgeFalmer, Taylor & Francis Group, New York. [2 major new chapters; updates, content additions]
  • Harasim, L. (2012). Learning Theory and Online Technologies.   RoutledgeFalmer, Taylor & Francis Group, New York.
  • Harasim, L. Hiltz, S.R., Teles, L. and Turoff, M. (2005). Redes de aprendizagem: Um guia para ensino e aprendizagem on-line. Portuguese. Editora Senac: Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Harasim, L. Hiltz, S.R., Teles, L. and Turoff, M. (2000). Redes de aprendizaje – Guia para la enseanza y el aprendizaje en red. SpanishBarcelona: Editorial Gedisa, Spain.
  • Harasim, L., Hiltz, S.R., Teles, L. and Turoff, M. (1995). Learning Networks: A Field Guide to Teaching & Learning Online. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Harasim, L. (1993). Global Networks: Computers and Communication. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Harasim, L. (1990). Online Education: Perspectives on a New Environment. New York: Praeger Publishers.
  • Harasim, L., and Johnson, E.M. (1986). Educational Applications of Computer Networks. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Education Press.


  • Harasim, L. (2018). Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Online Collaborativist Learning for Medical EducatorsKeynote: Singapore, 15th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) January 13, 2018
  • Harasim, L. (2018). What is the Role of Technology in Learning? And what does that mean for medical education? Keynote Panel: Singapore, 15th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) January 13, 2018.
  • Harasim, L. (2018). What is Online Collaborative Learning? Why is it important? And how to (easily) enhance online medical education courses with these new pedagogiesWorkshop Presentation: Singapore, 15th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) January 9, 2018.
  • Harasim, L. (2017). Artificial Intelligence versus Online Collaborative LearningKeynote delivered at E-Learn 2017, the World Conference on E-Learning on October 19th, 2017, organized by the AACE – Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
  • Harasim, L. (2017). Do MOOCs Contribute to Development or Not? Keynote Panel at E-Learn 2017, the World Conference on E-Learning on October 18th, 2017, organized by the AACE – Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
  • Harasim L. (2015). Online Collaborative Learning and the Challenge of Artificial Intelligence. Keynote. Brazilian Conference on University Distance and Online Education, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Nov. 28.
  • Harasim, L. (2014). “Educators!  Do What Robots Can’t”. Featured Speaker at the 25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville Florida, March 26.
  • Harasim, L. (2014).  What is Online Collaborative Learning Theory and Practice? Keynote and Special Guest at the AERONAUTICS Institute Conference on Distance Education (Brazilian Airforce). November, 2014. Sao Paulo, SP.
  • Harasim, L. (2014). “Online Education and the Significance of MOOCs In South America”. Keynote Address, the XVI Encuentro Iberoamericano sobre educao a distancia. November 15, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Harasim, L. (2014). The Evolution of Online Education. November 20. VIII International Guide Conference and V Symposium on Education and CommunicationScience and Technology: The future of distance education in Brazil and around the world. Aracaju, Brazil.
  • Harasim, L. & Samwald, E. (2014). MOOCs: Who gives a SWOT? Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2014). Istanbul, Turkey, May 27.
  • Harasim, L. (2014).  Online Teachers: Do What Robots Can’t. Invited Presentation. 25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville, Florida, March 26.
  • Harasim, L. (2012).  Instructional Design or Learning Design? Which Approach and Why.  Keynote Address at Ed-Media, Denver Colorado, July 2, 2012.
  • Harasim, L. (2007).  Mobile Online Learning. Keynote Address at the National Conference on Education. Barranqila, Colombia, July.
  • Harasim, L. (2007).  Learning Networks and Learning within Networks. Keynote Address at the International Forum on Learning Networks and Learning within Networks, Sponsored by the INSTITUTO INNOV@, Fundacion Omar Dengo and the Global Knowledge Partnership, San José, Costa Rica, Nov. 1st & 2nd, 2007.
  • Harasim, L. (2007).  The Network and Beyond: A Festschrift in Honor of Starr Roxanne Hiltz and Murray Turoff.  Invited Keynote Panel Participation at New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey, Oct. 12 &13th, 2007.
  • Harasim, L. (2006). O que é e como implantar o OCL? (What is Online Collaborative Learning and How to Implement It?)  Keynote for the Brazilian Association of Distance Education (ABED) and the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi.  March 8, 2006, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Harasim, L. (2006). Current Research Methods for Online Collaborative Learning:  As good as or better than?  What the data tell us.  Presentation and workshops for the Escola do Futuro (School of the Future), University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 3-10th.
  • Harasim, L. (2005). Redes de aprendizagem on-line. Keynote at the University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil. Dec. 18
  • Harasim, L. (2005).  Pedagogy 202 for Distance Learning:  Measuring What Matters! Invited Panel Participation to Starlink Televised Presentation to 300 Colleges and Universities.  Dallas, Texas, Nov. 17th 2005.
  • Harasim, L. (2004). Challenges and Opportunities of Open Source Development for Education and CollaborationKeynote to the Research Workshop of Fapesp  (the Sao Paulo Science Foundation).  TIDIA:  Information Technology for the Development of Advanced Internet, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 4th.
  • Harasim, L. (2004). Elearning and Open Source. Research Workshop of Fapesp, the Sao Paulo State Science Foundation. TIDIA, Information Technology for the Development of the Advanced Internet. Keynote: Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 4.
  • Harasim, L. (2003). The Case for Collaborative Learning Online:  As Good As or Better Than the Traditional Classroom?  What the Data Tell Us.  Keynote delivered to the Brazilian Association for Distance Education. Porto Allegre, Brazil, October.
  • Harasim, L. (2003). Indicators of Success and Champions of Innovation in Elearning. Keynote On-Line Learning in a Digital World:  Post-Secondary and Higher Education. Chiang Mai, Thailand, January 17, 2003.
  • Harasim, L. (2003). The Case for Collaborative Learning Online. Keynote Presentation, to the Korean Society of Educational Technology, June 2003, Seoul, Korea.
  • Harasim, L. (2003). A Snapshot of the State of the Art of Elearning.  Invited Address to CREDU Samsung. Seoul, Korea. June 10th.
  • Harasim, L. (2000). TeleLearning ‘2000: From Research to Solutions. Keynote at TeleLearning ‘2000, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Harasim, L. (2000). Online Education in the 21st Century: Successes – Challenges – Opportunities. Keynote at CEC Network Conference, Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Harasim, L. (1999). A Business Case for Research in Online Education and TeleLearning: Outlook for the 21st Century. Keynote at FLISH ’99, Sheffield Hallam, United Kingdom.
  • Harasim, L. (1999). Networking Learning for Caribbean Development: A Framework for the Next Century. Keynote at JCSEF Expo and CCEA ’99 Conference.  Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
  • Harasim, L. (1999). Developing the Knowledge Worker for the 21st Century: TeleLearning as a Vision and Strategy. Keynote at The Empire Club of Canada. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Harasim, L. (1999). Wizardry & Wisdom: Connecting the History and the Future of Online Education. Keynote at TeleLearning ’99.  Montreal, QC, Canada.


Contributions to the Field of Computer Communications and Online Education

Linda Harasim is a pioneer and one of the founders of online education. She has been studying pedagogical and network design related to online collaborative learning (OCL) since 1983. In 1986, Linda Harasim designed and taught one of the first online university courses in the world, with Prof. Dorothy Smith, on the topic of Women and Computers in Education (University of Toronto); in 1987-1989, Linda developed the online pedagogy and small group discussion design that launched the University of Phoenix Online. In 1993, she developed Virtual-U, an online educational environment customized to support collaborative learning, which she used in her courses and to prototype new educational social media environments and tools until 2014.

Professor Harasim began to develop the Collaborative Learning Theory and the research methodology of Online Discourse Analysis while at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (the University of Toronto) during her work as a senior researcher and assistant professor from 1983 – 1989.  In 1990 she moved to Vancouver, BC to continue teaching, research and design of online collaborative learning; and to build a theoretical framework for the field as well as to develop a research methodology based on Online Discourse Analysis at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Currently Harasim teaches, publishes and undertakes research in the areas of  “Understanding Digital Social Media and the Knowledge Society”, “Digital Media Research Methods”, “Online Education” as well as continuing her work in communication and learning theories.

In 1995 Linda Harasim founded and served as CEO of the TeleLearning Network of Centre of Excellence (TL*NCE) in Canada, receiving $25 million from the Canadian government and another $25 million from the public and private sector for an eight-year project to study and design new online collaborative knowledge-building tools, environments and pedagogies for education and training worldwide.  Between 1995 and 2003, Dr. Harasim ran TL*NCE, funding hundreds of researchers from 32 universities in Canada as well as participants from 225 various organizations, both public and private.  Her research during this time focused on online education in universities, studying 500 online courses that used Virtual-U in Canada and the US. During the period of the TL*NCE, she conducted research with Carl Bereiter to inform research and theory of collaborative learning and knowledge building, especially the use of semantic analysis of online educational discourse. Marlene Scardamalia was involved in Linda’s research into online post-secondary education.

TL*NCE also included International partnerships with organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and many universities around the world.

Dr. Harasim has written 6 books on the field. She has delivered over 100 keynotes and presentations in 30 countries and has published hundreds of articles related to online education.  Dr. Harasim has been a member of several prestigious boards and committees and was appointed by HRH Queen Elizabeth and the Federal government to sit as a councilor on Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.