Participative Resources, Practices and Information Literacy Standards in Online STEM Education
Forthcoming Article
Authors: Rich Gazan, Katie MacLean, Natalie Wahl
DOI: 10.1615/IntJInnovOnlineEdu.2019029571

How are nontraditional, participative resources such as social media content being integrated into online STEM education, and how can libraries best support these fast-changing practices? Using conceptual content analysis of information literacy standards, a survey of undergraduate students’ use of supplemental learning resources and participant observation of librarian-led information literacy instruction sessions, we investigate the extent to which these less-visible actors enable, resist and extend the incorporation of participative resources into STEM education. Our preliminary findings suggest that information literacy standards are evolving to encompass participative resources and practices, that students actively incorporate formal and informal resources into their learning, and that participative dimensions are incorporated into information literacy instruction sessions, though they may not be formally documented. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of the apparently uneven translation and inscription of information literacy standards into practice, and how actors outside the classroom impact STEM education in a social media environment.

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