Information Capital? Social Media as Information Capital for Developing Global Competencies (75104)

Session Information: Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Education
Session Chair: Aki Yamada

Thursday, 23 November 2023 10:15
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Today we live in an information society that is supported by the pervasive use of connected technologies that can spread a wide variety of information worldwide rapidly and with ease. With increased online presence and technological proficiency, physical location is becoming less relevant for today’s virtually connected students. Higher education must adapt to this changing environment where students increasingly obtain international information through online social media platform content and social networks. This presentation examines this contemporary digital native generation and how they incorporate social media and networks into their learning processes. To study this phenomenon, we conducted a survey of 108 Japanese undergraduate students spanning all grade levels. This survey asked students how they view social media, its role in their learning processes, and how they engage with these applications. Our findings will discuss the information and technological skills needed to effectively use social media for personal development. This discussion will include the relevance of social media to stimulating students’ global aspirations and interests. In the current digital era, such information-gathering skills and information capital are increasingly valuable, and we believe they can contribute to a new framework for developing global competencies in university education.

Aki Yamada, Tamagawa University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Aki Yamada is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Tamagawa University in Japan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00