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SIE #4: Towards a Mobile Information Literacy Framework
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location:Hankou Hall Location: Third Floor
Towards a mobile information literacy framework: Rethinking information literacy in a mobile era
Melody R. Clark, Christopher T. Coward, Chris Rothschild, Marion Walton
For billions of people coming online, the mobile phone (increasingly smartphones) is their point of entry to the internet, in both developed and developing countries. However, the user experience on a smartphone is very different from that on a PC. The different affordances and limitations of each device shape how people interact with information, and even one’s conceptualization of the internet itself. Yet existing digital and information literacy work has largely failed to account for these differences. Reviewed literacy frameworks, for instance, adopt a PC-centric orientation. Research reveals that lack of digital and information literacy skills is a significant barrier to internet adoption. Constructing a new digital and information literacy framework will allow for more relevant curricula and training, thus encouraging more adoption, use, and uptake of the mobile internet, which will allow for those newly online to experience the same benefits of the internet that PC-first users know.