The MLA4MedLit Conference dedicated to Teacher Education in Digital and Media Literacy held online on 19 October 2022 was the first event of its kind organised by the Media & Learning Association. 183 people from 48 countries registered showing the growing interest there is in this topic across the globe. The day began with inputs from organisations including the European Commission, OECD and European Schoolnet who all reinforced the importance of involving teachers in the fight against disinformation and the importance of finding ways to embed media literacy into the school curriculum.
The following sessions provided showcases of how pre and in-service teacher training in this topic is being managed in different countries. The final session brought together leading practitioners to debate the challenges and opportunities including Renee Hobbs from Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island, USA, Matthew Johnson from MediaSmarts, Canada, Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck from Lie Detectors, Belgium & Onno Hansen-Staszyński from Binckhorst Institute, The Netherlands – all shown on screen. This discussion opportunity proved far too short to tackle all the issues as the debate continues on how best to engage and support teachers when it comes to media literacy. The MLA TeaMLit project will provide one mechanism to help share expertise and foster collaboration in this topic.
You can find speakers’ presentations and recordings of sessions along with a recap document of the whole day here.