A Call to Action: Media Literacy as Part of Higher Education's Public Purpose
Date & Time
Monday, March 30, 2020, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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.
Learning outcomes:
  • 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
Location Name
Full Address
Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell St
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Session Type
Small breakout