MLA4MedLit Conference: Teacher Education in Digital and Media Literacy

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Teachers play a hugely important role in empowering young citizens to tackle disinformation by promoting digital, media and information literacy in their classrooms. This one day online conference aims to bring together those concerned with teacher education and training in Europe and elsewhere to identify best-practice in upskilling and equipping teachers with the competencies, attitudes and opportunities to fulfill this role. It will also provide an opportunity to share experiences and resources and meet others actively engaged in teacher education and training in digital and media literacy.

This event is associated with the Global Media & Information Literacy Week organised by UNESCO from 24-31 October.


Agenda

Wednesday 19 October 2022 / 09:30 – 17:00 CEST

09:30 – 11:00 / The importance of teacher education and training in digital and media literacy

During this presentation session, speakers will discuss the current state of affairs and the importance of equipping teachers with relevant skills, competences and knowledge in digital, media and information literacy.

Speakers:

  • Cassie Hague, Analyst, Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), OECD
  • Julian McDougall, Professor of Media and Education, Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Georgi Dimitrov, Head of Digital Education Unit, European Commission
  • Hans Martens, Head of Digital Citizenship, European Schoolnet

Moderator: Sally Reynolds, COO, Media & Learning Association, Belgium

11:30 – 13:00 / Pre-service teacher education in digital, media and information literacy

More and more teacher training colleges and course providers are turning their attention to the topic of digital, media and information literacy by providing courses and dedicated learning opportunities on the subject. Speakers in this session will share their experience and know-how on how they are tackling the challenge of equipping student teachers with the knowledge and competences they need. During these talks, resources will be shared and networking to support follow up will be facilitated.

Speakers will include:

  • Sergej Gil, Research Assistant on Media Education and Digital Storytelling, Heidelberg University of Education, Germany
  • Christian Swertz, Professor of Media Education, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Pieter Demeyer, Lecturer, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Belgium
  • Charo Sádaba Chalezquer, School of Communication, University of Navarra, Spain

Moderator: Igor Kanižaj, Associate Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

13:30 – 15:00 / In-service learning opportunities for teachers in digital, media and information literacy

Continuous professional development for teachers in digital, media and information literacy is organised in many different ways in Europe and elsewhere. Dedicated workshops, training courses and project participation opportunities are just some of the ways in which this is happening. Join this session to get a flavour of how it is made possible in different settings and locations with an emphasis on best practice and effective strategies. During these talks, resources will be shared and networking to support follow up will be facilitated.

Speakers will include:

  • Ricardo Castellini da Silva, Media Literacy Educator, Institute of Future Media, Democracy and Society, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland
  • Divina Frau-Meigs, Professor of Media Sociology, Sorbonne Nouvelle, France & Présidente Savoir*Devenir, Présidente GAPMIL Europe
  • Stephanie De Clercq, Kenniscentrum Digisprong (Knowledge Centre), Ministry of Education and Training Flanders, Belgium
  • Vitor Tomé, International MIL Expert and Researcher at Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology of ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Moderator: Andy Demeulenaere, Coordinator Mediawijs (Flemish Knowledge Centre on Digital and Media Literacy), Flanders/Belgium

15:30 – 16:30 / Raising standards, opportunities and expectations in digital, media and information literacy amongst teachers

During this moderated discussion, we plan to take a moment to discuss what it takes to raise teachers’ skills and competences in digital, media and information literacy. Panelists will share their ideas and suggestions for overcoming the challenges we face in finding both effective opportunities and formats for teacher education and training in these vitally important areas.

Panelists will include:

Moderator: Sally Reynolds, COO, Media & Learning Association, Belgium