Media and Information Literacy: creative and critical engagement across the curriculum and beyond university life from Sheila Webber
This was the abstract: The aims of this workshop are: to unpack UNESCO’s “composite concept” of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and its relationship to research-based learning (RBL), and to stimulate participants to reflect on how MIL could enhance learning for citizenship.
Literature already links Information Literacy (IL) and IBL/RBL e.g. Lupton (2017), McKinney (2013): Levy & Petrulis’ (2012) framework for students’ IBL can be used to scaffold development of both disciplinary understanding and IL. However, MIL adds an extra dimension to IL, enfolding concepts of intercultural awareness, social justice and critical engagement with media. These aspects are vital at a time when misinformation challenges democratic society by promoting false knowledge claims and underpinning populism and hate speech (European Commission, 2018). Johnston, MacNeil & Smyth (2018) also identify that a Freirian critical pedagogy is a necessary component of the concept of an inclusive, open, information literate, digital university. A rich discourse is developing around the MIL concept (e.g. via GAPMIL and Global MIL week), but focused primarily on schools (e.g. Wilson et al., 2011) and opportunity exists to explore MIL in the Higher Education context.
Johnston, B. MacNeill, S. & Smyth, K. (2018). Conceptualising the Digital University: intersecting policy, pedagogy and practice. Palgrave Macmillan.
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GAPMIL: Global Alliance of Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/global-alliance-for-partnerships-on-media-and-information-literacy/
Levy, P. & Petrulis, R. (2012). How do first-year university students experience inquiry and research, and what are the implications for the practice of inquiry-based learning? Studies in Higher Education, 37(1), 85-101.
Lupton, M. (2017) Inquiry learning: A pedagogical and curriculum framework for information literacy. In D. Sales & M. Pinto. (Eds.) Pathways into information literacy and communities of practice: Teaching approaches and case studies. (pp.29-51). Chandos Publishing.
McKinney PA (2013) Information literacy and inquiry-based learning: evaluation of a 5 year programme of curriculum development. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 46(2), 148-166.
UNESCO. (no date). Media and Information Literacy: a composite concept. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/mil-as-composite-concept
Wilson, C. et al. (2011). Media and Information Literacy curriculum for teachers. UNESCO. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0019/001929/192971e.pdf