Purpose – This paper aims to investigate an information literacy perspective on learning and new media, specifically virtual worlds and online affinity spaces. It aims to cover the potential of information literacy as an educational linchpin in the age of new media education. Design/methodology/approach – This conceptual paper explores an information literacy perspective for learning and new media through previous research and prediction. Findings – Information literacy provides a framework for addressing the explosion of information available, as well as a way to encourage self‐sufficient learners in the digital age. Originality/value – Whereas previous studies have neglected information literacy as a lifelong skill, this paper recognizes the importance of research in virtual worlds which unveils the potential of new media as sites of learning independent from formal spaces. Recognizing the impact of information literacy on an information‐dependent society, it contributes to a body of literature about individual practices which allows for the creation of new instructional strategies.
On the Horizon – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 27, 2011
Keywords: Information literacy; New media; Interest‐driven learning; Virtual worlds; Online affinity spaces; Information
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