The Digital Ethnography blog out of Kansas State University recently posted an article titled “Participatory Media Literacy: Why it matters”. I wanted to share this with you as I believe that it is an important issue to think about as the use of participatory or social media becomes more common. We frequently talk about literacy of the written word [English Faculty], Information Literacy [Library Faculty], financial literacy [one of my favorites], and others but I don’t think we’ve given much thought to participatory media literacy.
With students using Facebook, MySpace, IM, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and more there is a need for them to have a strong understanding of the pros and cons of these environments. As Dr. Wesch asks – are students using social media or is it using them?
As we as faculty incorporate more participatory media tools in our classes such as blogs and wikis, it makes sense to ensure that students understand this environment.
Take a look at Participatory Media Literacy: Why it matters. I’d like to hear what you think of participatory media and its use as a teaching and learning tool. Perhaps we should have further discussions?
Posted on January 15, 2009 by Aaron Flint