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Transcultural Information Literacies

Transcultural Information Literacies

Exploring Transnational Students’ Online Information-Seeking Experiences

In addition to making the social, cultural, and linguistic transitions to live and study in another country, transnational students navigate a wide variety of shifts to their information and media landscapes. How can we understand and support the digital and information literacy practices of transnational students? In this program, we’ll hear from Huan Gao, a doctoral student at the University of Florida who is researching the information literacy competencies of Chinese students studying in American universities. Together, we’ll explore these questions:  

  • How do culture and identity influence our understanding of digital and information literacy?
  • How do transnational students’ digital/information/media experiences in their home country influence their practices in the host country?
  • Are digital/information literacy competencies transferable to another culturally different internet environment?
  • How might librarians and other educators address the needs of transnational students?

DATE: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

TIME: 12:00 pm EST

LOCATION: Online. Click here to register


Huan Gao is a Ph.D. candidate in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Florida. Her research interests lie in the intersection of digital/information literacy, identity, and transnationalism. Her research aims to empower transnational students to navigate socioculturally different digital information ecosystems.

Julia Feerrar is head of digital literacy initiatives at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech, where she is also the liaison librarian to the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Julia is an affiliated faculty member with the Media Education Lab. ----