Presented byDr Nicole Johnston

Dr Nicole Johnson
Lecturer in Library and Information Science, Edith Cowan University

This session will look at what being digitally literate means in the era of social media and fake news.

What digital literacy and critical thinking skills do students need in an era where fake information is seen as real and real information is greeted with skepticism?

Studies have shown that students do not have the skills needed to recognise fake from real news or how to effectively evaluate digital information.

As educators what can we do to provide students with the digital literacy skills they need in the current digital and information climate?


 Dr Nicole Johnson has kindly made the slides for her presentation available at 

Intended Audience

All those interested in General Primary; Early /Middle / Upper Primary; Middle School; Lower Secondary (7 – 10); Senior Secondary (11 – 12)


About the Presenter:

Nicole Johnson is a Lecturer in Library and Information Science at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

Nicole is currently a member of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) West committee and a member of the ALIA research advisory committee. Nicole is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS).

Prior to moving to Perth, Nicole taught Library and Information Studies for University College London in Qatar. Nicole was previously a member and Chair of the Professional Development committee of the Information Literacy Network (ILN) of the Gulf region.

Nicole’s teaching and research interests include information literacy, digital literacy, information behaviour, open access and scholarly communication.

Nicole obtained her PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane Australia where she did her thesis on information literacy and English Foreign Language (EFL) students.

Join Nicole Johnson at the ECAWA 2017 State Conference at ECU Mount Lawley.