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Using What They Know to Teach Them What They Need to Know

By Lucinda Rush


Social networking sites (SNS) have been integrated seamlessly into our everyday lives, and college students are one of their biggest consumers (Lenhart, et al., 2010). While we see deskilling as a result of this consumer training, we see training in other areas (Rush & Wittkower, 2013). For example, students are fluent at information grazing, sharing and building relationships online, but they cannot explain how the filter bubble works or how their Google search results are ranked (Rush & Wittkower, 2013). Students come to college as consumers of social media but are not necessarily adept at using social media to contribute to and curate conversations, a much-needed skill in the professional world today. How can we use the skills that students have developed as consumers of SNS to help them understand information literacy concepts, and how can we help students become better users of SNS to prepare them for the professional world? This paper will discuss elements of SNS consumer training and how they can be used to bridge the gap between what students know and the skills and knowledge that they need to develop. The author will provide practical low-tech examples of how already developed skills can be used in the library classroom and aid in the teaching of the threshold concepts outlined in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. References: Lenhart, A., Purcell, K., Smith, A., & Zickuhr, K. (2010). Social media and mobile internet use among teens and adults. Pew Internet and American Life Project. Retrieved from Rush, L. & Wittkower, D.E. (2013). Exploiting fluencies: Educational expropriation of social networkingsite consumer training. Digital Culture & Education, 6, 13-29

Publisher: Digital Commons@Georgia Southern
Year: 2015
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