Cooney Center Research Associate Ingrid Erickson is teaming up with Ruth V. Small from Syracuse University and Eric Meyers from the University of British Columbia to co-edit a special issue of the journal Learning Media & Technology on the topic of digital literacy in informal learning environments.
I’m excited to be co-editing an upcoming special issue of the journal Learning, Media and Technology that will be published in late 2012.
We’re seeking proposals for papers that will focus on the relationship between digital literacy, digital skills and practices, and informal learning environments. Beyond the ability to find and use information online, digital literacy encompasses issues of cognitive authority, safety and privacy, creative, ethical, and responsible use and reuse of digital media. We think this is a rich framework for analyzing the important learning that is going on in public libraries, museums and after school programs today.
Contributions that address the several ways digital literacy affects the lives of people as they explore media representations, solve everyday problems, and create new knowledge are particularly welcomed. As an “anywhere, anytime” learning ethos takes hold, we need to better understand and evaluate the relationships between tools, context, content and environment. We’re hoping this collection of papers will help to shed light on these important, yet complex, interactions.
To be considered for the special issue, please send your 300-word abstract to us by September 30, 2011 at LMT.diglit[at]gmail.com. Finalist authors will be contacted by mid-October 2011 and completed papers will be due late January 2012. Check http://bit.ly/LMTdiglit for more information.