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Media and Information Literacy Massive Open Online Course

Introduction

This course is designed for students interested in learning about Media and Information Literacy (MIL). The course is composed of 10 Units, each contributing to a comprehensive overview and understanding of the concept of Media and Information Literacy. In this course, students will explore the definition, characteristics and critical approaches pertaining to MIL.  They will also explore different types of mass media; such as, books, internet, magazines, among others. The 10 Units, which can be taken individually or as a whole and in any order, will also provide students with the opportunity to develop a wide understanding of the role that media literacy plays in our lives, while allowing students to build necessary lexicons for better understanding the concept of MIL and giving them the tools required to approaching media content in a critical way.

Overview

This course starts with an introduction that provides fundamental definitions essential to a proper understanding of MIL. Unit 1 continues that task, and allows students an opportunity to better understand and define the following terms: Media, Information, and Literacy.

In Unit 2, students will be able to learn the relationship between MIL and Intercultural dialogue and how media literacy contributes immensely to a better Intercultural Dialogue.

Unit 3 will equip students with the necessary means to evaluate the information they find in libraries, in publications, in the media and on the internet, while Unit 4 assists students in producing their own Information and Media Content, using research and analysis tools, which they previously mastered in Units 2 & 3.

Unit 5 focuses on the concept of freedom of expression, which is a fundamental human right and essential to the realization of our full human potential, as well as a pillar for other rights and freedoms. In this unit, students learn the importance of freedom of expression; the risks of free speech; the role of journalism in promoting freedom of expression; and the limitations of freedom of expression.

In Unit 6, students explore the representations of gender in the media, books, and on the internet, as well as how women have been stereotyped in these various media. While gender is taken as a case here, the analysis provided in Unit 6 can also be applied to representations of class, race, ethnicity, and other attributes. This unit also addresses the implication of gender inequity for freedom of expression and freedom of information, and the media’s role in promoting diversity.

In Unit 7, students explore media and information ethics in relation to the needs of big business, politics and development. Unit 8 in this course focuses on understanding and evaluating the world of advertising and how it is regulated and controlled : What methods do advertisers use to persuade? How does advertising operate within traditional and new media ? How does civil society confront and use the advertising industry for its own purposes?

Unit 9 examines the challenges of the Internet and opportunities for children and youth children and youth using Web 2.0. In this section, students will learn about the various tools available to protect children and youth online; and the benefit of using internet as a medium for intercultural dialogue. In the final unit of this course,  Unit 10, students learn how to engage with media while using new technologies and information for social activism.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

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Course Learning Outcomes

The 10 Units of the course are designed to provide students with the necessary competencies needed to become critical thinkers and active participants in society. While each Unit lists a number of learning outcomes for that unit, below are the overall general learning outcome objectives of this MIL course. At the end of the 10 Units that comprise this course, students should be able to :

Better define the concept of Information & Media Literacy

Understand the relationship between MIL and Intercultural dialogue and how media literacy contributes to better Intercultural Dialogue

Evaluate the information they find in libraries, in publications, in the media and on the Internet

Produce their own Information and Media content, using research and analysis tools

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of freedom of expression as a fundamental human right

Explore the representations and stereotyping of gender in the media

Understand media and information ethics in relation to the needs of big business, politics and development

Understand and evaluate the world of advertising and how it can be regulated and controlled

Understand the challenges faced by children and youth while using media

Engage with media and new technologies for social action.

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The NET-MED Youth Project is funded by the European Union. This MOOC has also benefitted from co-financing by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency