Facebook to Support Digital Literacy in Myanmar

March 20, 2019

We are so excited for our friends at Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), for their recent partnership with Facebook, to create safe and meaningful digital literacy experiences. Facebook is working with MBAPF to add more content to the Mobile Information Literacy (MIL) curriculum, including “tips for staying safe on Facebook,” “critical thinking and…

Developing digital skills for digital librarians

July 10, 2018

As many communities struggle to keep up with shifts in technology, public libraries provide critical digital literacy training that helps people improve their skills. Yet, library staff struggle to keep their own skills up-to-date and to deliver trainings that engage and excite learners. One promising resource to assist libraries is Mozilla’s Web Literacy Core Curriculum….

The search for an open curricula platform

December 14, 2017

In the movement towards more open education, the question eventually arises as to which content management systems (CMS) are most conducive to open research. There is a wide spectrum of hosting services available to researchers looking to create, manage, and publish their open curricula, and each platform offers flexibility and constraints with larger design implications…

TASCHA goes to Next Library 2017

June 2, 2017

Some members of the TASCHA team will be visiting Denmark June 11-14 to participate in the Next Library conference, an event intended to explore the continuously evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century. TASCHA Director Chris Coward and Assistant Director Rebecca Sears will be leading an interactive session and an ignite talk…

Event: Towards a Mobile Information Literacy framework

May 12, 2016

iSchool PhD candidate and Technology & Social Change Group’s (TASCHA) Sheryl Day will be presenting at an iSchool Research Conversation about our Mobile Information Literacy work in Myanmar.

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum now available for use & adaptation

December 17, 2015

As millions of people come online across the globe through mobile devices, mobile information literacy is vital for those who have leapfrogged from traditional media to digital devices that provide instant access to information. Mobile information literacy is necessary to help people learn how to find and evaluate the quality and credibility of information obtained…

Translating technology terms into Burmese

October 14, 2015

Earlier this summer, Thomas Fuller of the New York Times published a memo from Yangon lamenting the lack of political vocabulary in the Burmese language, in which words like “democracy,” “institution,” and “privacy” lack direct translations. Even more notable than Fuller’s nuanced sociolinguistic discussion is the way he ends it: with a conclusion that leaves…

Teaching information literacy & digital skills in mobile-centric Myanmar

June 15, 2015

Until mid-2011, Myanmar was very much closed off from the rest of the world. As the government continues to liberalize media and open up telecommunications markets, mobile phone use is skyrocketing across many parts of Myanmar. The country is on pace to make a giant leap in the digital divide, with mobile penetration rates expected to jump from about 4% in 2014 to 80% by the end of this year. For many in Myanmar, using a mobile phone marks their first experience with the internet and digital technology, not to mention having a wealth of information at their fingertips, which is a far cry from the once heavily censored and government-controlled media environment.