Through social media students show concern by “liking” a cause and reposting and sharing articles, but such activities do not translate into offline civic action, argue media scholars. What is higher education’s responsibility in fostering media literate civic actors? Since students’ two primary public landscapes for producing knowledge and navigating social relations are educational institutions and media, this session will incorporate media literacy into the research and dialogue on student civic learning and engagement. The session will: (1) connect media literacy to scholarship on student civic engagement; (2) present examples of civic media literacy in higher education courses and programs; and (3) enable session participants to workshop ways to enhance students’ civic media literacy in their own courses and programs.
Understand what is media literacy
Comprehend media literacy’s connection to civic learning and political engagement
Realize higher education’s responsibility in fostering students’ media literacy
Incorporate civic media literacy into their own courses and programs
Advocate for civic media literacy at their own institutions
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