VALA2016 Session 3 Pozzi

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Megan Pozzi
Megan Pozzi

Formalising the vernacular: social media skills in higher education

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 12:00 – 12:30
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Megan Pozzi

Queensland University of Technology

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This paper discusses the issue of social media skills using a literacy framework. Firstly, it argues that social media skills are a form of vernacular, or ‘everyday’, literacy and articulates the issues associated with trying to formalise these skills within the curriculum. Secondly, it calls for greater explicit attention to social media skills within higher education, by arguing that social media literacies are a part of new literacies. It evaluates QUT’s “Create a Better Online You” suite of social media resources in light of this framework, and discusses the role of libraries in addressing social media skills.


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