The use of social media for teaching information literacy in a mega class context
Abstract: Becoming information literate is crucial for university students to succeed in their studies; even more so in the current social media environment. Educators need to become part of this social world in order to ensure that their teaching stays relevant. This paper presents a project undertaken at the University of Pretoria with the aim of introducing social media to the campus-wide Information Literacy programme offered. A research project was launched in which the IL course was assessed and new ways of presenting the current material was developed. This involved repackaging the course content and developing a toolkit with built-in activities for students. Interactive class exercises ensured student engagement aimed at acquainting students with various social media tools and encourage academic networking and cooperation. The long-term aim is to make annual adjustments to the content and methods of presentation based on feedback from each group of new students involved in the course.
Presider: Timothy Pelton, University of Victoria