Travis Noakes

Travis Noakes
Cape Peninsula University of Technology | CPUT · Faculty of Informatics and Design

Doctor of Media Studies
Research lead @ Academic Free Speech and Digital Voices (AFSDV) + Social Media Lab for Internet Lab for Research (SMILR)

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Introduction
My interdisciplinary research focuses on online identities and content creation. Specifically, how people follow varied strategies to create and share content that may reflect their very different circumstances and priorities. Participants range from young creatives who experiment with connected learning and participatory culture to scholars who use varied digital strategies for negotiating intellectual and cyber harassment. Updates at https://twitter.com/travisnoakes and travisnoakes.co.za.
Additional affiliations
April 2019 - April 2021
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • In my postdoctoral fellowship, I wrote research publications from my 'Inequality in digital personas' PhD and 'online academic bullying' research project. I co-supervised a postgraduate Masters student and participated in the postgrad Design Activities Research Workgroup giving feedback on Masters and Doctoral candidates work.
June 2017 - November 2017
University of Cape Town
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • I lectured journalism students to produce infographics poster (FAM2017S). These lessons (https://www.travisnoakes.co.za/2017/11/designing-infographics-on-educational.html) inspired 'Exploring academic argument in information graphics'.
July 2016 - November 2016
University of Cape Town
Position
  • Supervisor
Description
  • I supervised end-of-year research projects by mobile media and communication students (FAM5038S).
Education
March 2009 - November 2018
University of Cape Town
Field of study
  • Media Studies

Publications

Publications (9)
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The shift of academic discourse to an online space without guardians gives motivated academic cyberbullies an opportunity to harass susceptible recipients. Cyberbullying by higher education employees is a neglected phenomenon; despite the dangers it poses to academic free speech as well as other negative outcomes. In the absence of an adequate defi...
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Despite the growing importance of digital portfolios for justifying creative work and study opportunities, little is known about arts students’ creative appropriation of online portfolios in secondary school. In particular, there is a research gap concerning the challenges that young black women face when curating portfolios as visual arts students...
Conference Paper
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In the privileged contexts where digital divides are being bridged, few people actually become online content producers. Rather, such creation remains a niche practice mostly taken up by elités in their communities. Such exclusivity suggests the complex interaction of capitals required for producing online content. These interactions underpin the p...
Thesis
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Digital and electronic learning portfolios (e-portfolios) are playing a growing role in supporting admission to tertiary study and employment by visual creatives. Despite the growing importance of digital portfolios, we know very little about how professionals or students use theirs. This thesis contributes to knowledge by describing how South Afri...
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As the boundaries between technology and social media have decreased, the potential for creative production or participatory practices have increased. However, the affordances of online content creation (OCC) are still taken up by a minority of internet users despite the opportunities offered for engagement and creativity. While previous studies ha...
Conference Paper
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Differences in income and cultural capital create many major barriers for young people entering creative fields. An increasingly important barrier to entry to tertiary studies or employment in fields of art and design is the growing importance of digital self-presentation in online portfolios. This paper explores the way in which both digital self-...
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This paper follows two South African Media Studies university students and their activities as producers of online content. It considers the online publication services they chose to express media-related academic and creative interests outside of formal curriculum requirements. Through peer guidance and using online search, both students were able...

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Projects (3)
Project
The Noakes Foundation's AFSDV theme supports two main projects- (i) online academic bullying (OAB) and (ii) exemplary digital voices: For (i) we have prepared a clear definition for what online academic bullying is. This definition and related case studies should prove useful for victims and policy makers who confront such uncivil phenomena online. Our research also assists academic free speech, by helping recipients of OAB to report on this emergent threat. We also suggest diverse strategies for confronting academic cyberbullies and cybermobs. Under (ii) we explore how Insulin Resistance (IR) scholars are using Twitter for promoting engagement with their research. In particular, we analyse original deliberations and conversation threads related to IR science articles that contest the dominant “cholesterol” model of chronic disease development.