• When: Monday, May 16, 2016
• Time: 12:30-1:20pm (lunch served at 12pm)
• Where: UW, Bloedel Hall 070 (lower-level) or online: https://ischool.adobeconnect.com/rcons (event recording here: https://ischool.adobeconnect.com/p540tno7jj8)
Towards a Mobile Information Literacy Framework: The Case of Myanmar
Myanmar is a country that is emerging from decades under military rule. While other societies have had over 20 years to adjust to the advent of the Information Age through access to the internet and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), Myanmar has had to manage these significant advancements in a span of just 2-3 years. One of our early findings, that Facebook was the Internet in most people’s understanding, represents the kinds of challenges faced in Myanmar. This situation coupled with the severe limitations on academic and other institutions in Myanmar under an “Access Denied” culture presented unique complexities in addressing issues of information literacy in general. In this presentation, I will discuss the development process of the MIL, a Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum, from concept to creation, pilot, and finally implementation. I will describe the background and literature that informed our process particularly the EU DIGCOMP framework, the needs and requirements we analyzed in the Myanmar context, the settings and stakeholders particularly the notion of libraries in Myanmar, the deployment of the MIL through libraries and librarians in Myanmar, and our initial findings from this project towards a Mobile Information Literacy Framework.
Sheryl A. Day is a PhD Candidate at the UW iSchool, a Researcher in the Indigenous Information Research Group (IIRG), and a Research Assistant for the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA). Her PhD dissertation is focused at the intersection of language policy as information policy, flows of information, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Her work on a collaborative project with TASCHA and the Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) called Information for Societies in Transition (ISST) includes the development of two curricula: 1) The Information Strategies Curriculum (ISC) launched in 2014, and 2) The Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum (MIL) and Teaching Guide launched in 2015. Both curricula are available for download, use, and adaptation in other contexts on the TASCHA website under the Creative Commons License.