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Informed Citizen Project Survey on Media Literacy

The Informed Citizen Project, a special venture of ADP’s eCitizenship Initiative, is collecting information on campus media and information literacy efforts across the country.  We want to know your opinion of the role media and information literacy play in building student civic engagement and what efforts your campus is engaged in.  Please contact faculty and staff at your institution who may be engaged in media and information literacy efforts before completing this survey and ask them about any efforts they are involved with.  The survey will take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.  We ask you to complete the survey by August 20, 2012.

Here’s the link to the online survey:

For the purposes of our survey, we utilize the Center for Media Literacy’s definition of media literacy as: “Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.”

We define information literacy according to the standards of the American Library Association: “Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the survey’s primary investigator, Chapman Rackaway of Fort Hays State University, at

Take the survey here.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this important survey which will help guide ADP’s efforts to prepare informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.


About the Informed Citizen Project

In the pursuit of greater student engagement, the American Democracy Project has tried to encourage civic participation among students.  The eCitizenship initiative focuses ADP’s efforts in the online world.   To help build the skills that college students need, the Informed Citizen Project brings campuses together to develop and share efforts towards one of civic engagement’s most important foundational skills: media and information literacy.

Media and information literacy are more important than ever.  The fragmented media environment requires that we are more critical of the information we consume than ever.  Online text, audio, and video tools all make for new ways to communicate and engage in civic leadership.  Web 2.0 tools mean that content consumers are now creators and must be cautious about what we communicate to the whole world.  The prevalence of polls mean that today’s voter must understand how survey research works to ensure they maximize the informational value of polls.

The Informed Citizen Project Areas of focus:

1)      News consumption

2)      Recall of news

3)      Print and online media

4)      Web 2.0 and students as content producers

5)      Source differentiation

6)      Critical thinking

7)      Polling and data criticism

The Informed Citizen Project is beginning to add member schools who are currently engaged in or interested in creating media and information literacy programs to join.  Project member schools share best practices in college-level media and information literacy and innovate new programs to ensure the next generation of graduates have the critical thinking skills necessary to be leaders in today’s society.

ADP’s 7 Revolutions becomes Global Engagement Initiative

By Dennis Falk, Chair of ADP’s Global Engagement Scholars and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth


Over five years ago The New York Times and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) joined AASCU’s American Democracy Project to create what became known as “The Seven Revolutions Project.” The name of the project emanated from a framework developed by Erik Peterson, who consulted with other leading policy analysts within CSIS and identified the seven global forces (“revolutions”) expected to most impact the world in the next 20-25 years. These revolutions include 1) population, 2) resource management, 3) technology, 4) information, 5) economics, 6) conflict, and 7) governance.

Faculty from 10 AASCU institutions (“Seven Revolutions Scholars”) decided to use the seven revolutions framework to develop curriculum with the goal of educating globally competent citizens at AASCU institutions. These faculty members initially shared teaching materials and resources to develop courses on their home campuses that could meet the identified goal. CSIS provided resources specifically oriented to college and university students, and The Times organized its rich and relevant resources into templates within the Epsilen Learning Environment, a comprehensive course management system that also allows social networking and the development of portfolios.

To expand the impact of the project, the AASCU Seven Revolution Scholars decided to create an extensive monograph titled “Educating Globally Competent Citizens: A Toolkit for Teaching Seven Revolutions” in 2010. This Toolkit provided background information on the project, summarized key content related to seven revolutions content, and compiled three years of campus case studies, teaching and learning materials, and teaching resources. A hard copy of the Toolkit was published, and a pdf version could be downloaded free of charge. The Toolkit is currently being revised and updated.

At the same time, 7 Revs Scholars offered workshops and institutes to interested faculty. Multiple sessions have been offered annually at the ADP National Meeting, and member campuses provided workshops for their colleagues. Two day training institutes were offered in Washington, D.C. in spring 2010 and at CSU Fresno in Fresno, Calif. in fall 2011.

Recent activities focused on developing a national blended learning course on seven revolutions topics that provides print, graphic, audio, and video content; teaching and learning activities; online tests; and additional assessment activities in an integrated format within Epsilen. This course was used in some of the 10 participating schools in fall 2011 and is additionally being piloted in four additional schools across the country. The course is currently being polished for national release in Fall 2012.

In December 2012 AASCU received word that CSIS was withdrawing from the project, but authorized AASCU to continue using the seven revolutions framework and content resources. Losing CSIS as a partner necessitated a number of changes. Consistent with AASCU terminology, the Seven Revolutions Initiative became the Global Engagement Initiative, and the Seven Revolutions Scholars are now Global Engagement Scholars. The blended learning course based on the seven revolutions framework, which was initially to have seven revolutions as part of its name, is now titled “Global Challenges: Promise and Peril in the 21st Century.”

Despite these changes, the Global Engagement Initiative maintains the original goal. We will continue to update and disseminate a toolkit for faculty reference, to offer workshops that assist faculty in developing essential knowledge and skills, and to provide a state-of-the-art national blended learning course—all with the same goal of educating globally competent citizens at AASCU institutions.

For more information about ADP’s Global Engagement Initiative, go here.

For more information about the Global Challenges course, go here.

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