In this course students will:
The Center for Media Literacy This link opens in a new window uses this expanded definition (reflecting societal changes since the original definition coined at the Aspen Institute in 1992):
Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.
Media Literacy Now This link opens in a new window operationalizes that definition as:
Media Literacy is the ability to:
When we search for information on the web and get zillions of results, it's very hard to know which might be truthful and which might be altered information. We are confronted daily by misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information. Below is a chart showing the different characteristics of the three types of dubious information.
Diagram based on Wardle and Hossein's 2017 Information Disorder report & definitions from Dr. Nicole A.Cooke 2021 LOEX keynote address.
Evaluating information for authenticity and validity is essential, not only for your coursework, but for your life as you seek to make evidence-based decisions that rely on accurate information.