Earlier this year, Ithaka S+R, in partnership with the Association of American State Universities and Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and Syndio Social, and with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, embarked on a project to analyze social networks among college and university faculty, staff, and administration to see how these networks advance innovation across campus. The project is particularly focused on learning what role individuals play in driving change, and in exploring how social network mapping can be used to inform leaders and empower influential individuals—including those without formal authority. Over the past several months, we conducted interviews with the senior leadership at sixteen comprehensive universities, metropolitan institutions and community colleges to test the use of these methods within institutions.

In “Social Network Mapping As a Tool for Advancing Innovation on Campus” at EDUCAUSE 2014, Rebecca Griffiths and Syndio Social CEO Zachary Johnson will present the project’s preliminary findings and provide examples of how social network analysis works in a higher education setting. How might this methodology help campus leaders identify and empower influential individuals, identify communication silos and pockets of resistance, and develop data-driven strategies to overcome these obstacles? What role do individual “influencers” play in advancing innovation and transformation?  More information about this session is available on the EDUCAUSE 2014 website.

When: Wednesday, October 1; 2:40 PM-3:30 PM

Where: EDUCAUSE 2014

Orange County Convention Center, Meeting Room W304F-H

Orlando, Florida