Preparing future generations for rapidly changing globalized world: What does it mean for information literacy?



This panel intends to explore and discuss issues that need to be considered to prepare future generations to cope with complexities of rapidly changing environments in the globalized world. The panel will first outline some of the trends as represented in the literature and witnessed in our own interactions with learner, the media, in citizen/government relationships, and everyday life.

We will discuss information literacy in the context of the 21st-century Information Literacy Standards, the web 2.0 technologies, information seeking behavior of various populations, as well as innovations in learning and teaching across the board.

PANEL FORMAT: 90 minutes divided in four parts.

There will be four panelists coming from different backgrounds and rich multidisciplinary experiences:

  • A.WELCOME and INTRODUCTION (Zorana Ercegovac)
  • B.POSITION STATEMENTS (each panelist has about 10 minutes)
  • a.John Seely Brown (presenter #1, will also offer closing remarks)
  • b.Zorana Ercegovac (presenter #4 and moderator)
  • c.Leslie Johnston (presenter #2)
  • d.Roberta I. Shaffer (presenter #3)
  • C.REACTIONS, CONVERSATION, QA with the audience (about 35 minutes)
  • 1CLOSING REMARKS and wrap-up of the panel, by John Seely Brown (about 10 minutes)


John Seely Brown will start off by presenting his position statement on the social life of learning in general, and specifically focusing on information literacy in the 21st century education. To be updated (JSB).

Leslie Johnston, will discuss the concept of multiple literacies: information, media, textual, visual, technical, and the importance of developing paradigms and standards to teach and foster the multiple literacies needed in an information technology-rich, multicultural, global society. This panelist will also address the issue of “generations” (Net Generation, Generation Digital, Digital Natives, etc.) and how this notion should or should not be incorporated into instruction.

The third panelist, Roberta I. Shaffer, will discuss the concept of global “Digizens” (Digital Citizen) who are increasingly “citizens of the world,” yet still approach information literacy through their particular cultural lenses. Cultural literacy is an impact factor in information literacy, and specifically, in 21st Century citizen/government relationships. Shaffer will address various aspects of cultural literacy which include ethical frameworks, legal systems, ethnographic diversity, social taboos, and linguistics.

Zorana Ercegovac will focus on different layers of knowing, or learning in order to make sense out of data deluge. She takes the perspective from her experiences with secondary school students, in particular, who (under a traditional educational paradigm) begin to learn by reading about (5Ws) rather than collaboratively doing and actively negotiating imaginative solutions to real-life problems. The traditional teaching and learning paradigm in today's schools will be contrasted with alternatives in reading, hearing, seeing, and experiencing, and sharing in multimedia environments.

Information Literacy for the 21st-century LEARNER (AASL, 2007) has incorporated many of these trends and came closer to ISTE's NETS for Student Standards. We need to look at possible intersections between the trends outlined above and best practices for synergies in our work. The panel will close with take-home message that might open more questions and comments.


We thank SIG-ED for their support.