Web Literacies for Communities Beyond the Margins
Co-designing a web literacies course to help internet users from marginalized communities become more critically informed and engaged web contributors
The next billion users are arriving on the Internet, including youth from marginalized communities in rural India. To them, the Internet seems like a foreign place that does not speak their language, works in mysterious ways and often represents their communities unfairly. What can be done to help these users become more critically informed and engaged web contributors? Vibhore Vardhan and youth from partner organizations in India are co-designing a web literacies course to answer that question. Using examples and activities that are locally relevant, the course teachers learners how to use the web, and exposes them to how it works, what is wrong with it and how it can be fixed.
Topics: Access, Equity and Justice; Children, Youth, Families and Seniors
- Graduate student: Vibhore Vardhan, information science
Special committee chair:
Tapan Parikh, Department of Information Science
- Community partner: Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan
- Community partner: Muskaan
Engaged Graduate Student Grants
Supporting Ph.D. students in any field — whether they are experienced in community-engaged research and scholarship or just getting started.