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EPALE discussion: The role of media literacy in adult learning

minn Markus Palmén

/en/file/media-literacyMedia literacy


As part of our September focus, EPALE is organising a written discussion on the role of media literacy in adult learning.

The discussion will take place on this page on 27 September at 10:00 CEST and will be moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Markus PalménDon’t miss the opportunity to share your views and experiences with the EPALE community on any of the following topics:

10:00-12:30 CEST

Media literacy as a concept

Media literacy is a cross-disciplinary field of research and education, which is commonly understood to encompass accessing media, analysing and evaluating media content, and actively creating media content.

  • Do you find the above definition of media literacy useful, or is it lacking some elements?  What is most important? What would you emphasise, remove or add?
  • Do you think different types of media require different types of media literacy skills for adults to evaluate content? For example, does analysing a piece of art require different skills than evaluating the content of a news website? What might these different skills be?


Discussion left open during lunch interval


13:30-16:30 CEST

European practices of media literacy education for adults

  • Is media literacy a topic of public debate in your country? Is it e.g. discussed in connection with the term of ‘fake news’? Is it a political topic? Give examples of the debate in your country. 
  • What do you think are the media literacy skills most needed by European adults in 2018? Do you think adults’ media literacy education should differ from that of children or young people? How? 

Share interesting practices and initiatives of media literacy for adults in your country. What is being done, how, to what kind of impact? Share concrete examples.

 ** Comments will be open on 24 September so participants can introduce themselves or post their opinions in advance.

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Markus Palmén's picture
Excellent points from Christine and Maximilian, which illustrate well the reality that while a certain level of media literacy is crucial for informed active citizenship, it is also a basic requirement in working life. 
Eva Baloch-Kaloianov's picture

Getting back to Markus' question: In times of filter bubbles and echo chambers: the concept of "Media literacy" must encompass the notion of critical thinking as a core component. (as has been discussed this morning).  

I want to point out to the annual event of the Austrian Conference of Adult Education Institutions (KEBÖ) „Learning environment 4.0. Media. Competences“ last week, that focused on the future of adult education in an increasingly digitized world. (press release) In a discussion on "Sovereign handling of  internet content” views on critical media literacy, fake news as well as legal and health aspects in dealing with digital media were exchanged - the co-editor of the Austrian daily “der Standard” gave insight into the acceleration in the media sector, serious (online) journalism racing with volatile, often times unverified social media rumours.

Boyer Laure's picture
Hy, Thank you for this interresting discussion though eureopean practices.
I am teacher and lecturer in Digital Culture and Media in South West France, in Hendaye, at the border with Spain.
I have done several workshops yet and I animated several formations for professionals (for the Ministry of Culture) and for adults, more like in local social offices. I can say that there is not real program in France to form adults to Media literacy. It depends on your compagny or in the public office you are working for. And this is not an obligation. For the employement people, Pole Emploi can propose you something, but this is not really revelant.

Actually, there is no real rules and no voluntees to teach and to form adults, parents etc; the actions are really occasional and irregular. There is no place where people can get information about the schedule in their city - if their is one.
There is a national plateform call and Internet sans craintes, with many advices and helps for every body, but very few people knows about those plateforms.

Adults hear about fake news, but their don't know what to do with that, and mots of them are lost on the web!
Actully I am preparing young students to the new European program PIX - DIGCOMP, at UCO Nantes University. France. This program PIX is national and should be open at last to every body. It will give a certification that recognize your digital skills. I hope that this program will interrest and be developped. It is in its BETA version, so with my students we will contribute to improve it and to make it evoluate, hope so.

I also hope that we could collaborate with others european countries like Spain.

For the moment, I will also give a leacture to the Free Time University of Saint-Jean-de-Luz in November 7th at 3 pm on "How can we decrypt information today on the web?"

I stay at your disposal for any other questions. Thank you again for invited me at this discussion.
Laure Boyer - Plateform
Teacher and lecturer in Digital literacy, Media and Visual Arts
Hendaye, France
Christine Bertram's picture
We have just published a blog from a German project MeQ:ino which aims at breaking down barriers to engaging with digital media and learning environments, specifically in professional and vocational environments where the pravalence of digital learning is low. Media competency is seen as an essential prerequisite to successfully engage with digital learning environments.

One of the tools they are using are Learnnuggets, which address essential concepts (such as digital safety) in an accessible Format. Then they engage users in low threshold activities to facilitate engagement with digital environments (through for instance an Escape Room).

Have a read here (sorry it's currently only in German - Google translate maybe? The English version will be available shortly: /de/blog/lernnuggets-zur-foerderung-digitalen-lernens                         

Christine Bertram's picture
Let's try again: /de/blog/lernnuggets-zur-foerderung-digitalen-lernens

Have just tried and the page opens.

Dauert nur einen EPALE-Moment.
Eva Baloch-Kaloianov's picture
super interesting read, thanks for sharing! 
Etelberto Costa's picture
Yesterday in Lisbon participate in a group discussion about education and social networks. Mainly with teachers but also with some policy representatives.
Four observations:
1. Informal learning is being champion and defeating Formal learning. Our students learn more trough social networking (sharing and cooperating even with all dangers and edges). Teachers are not quite understanding this change (and the refuge is lack of training and resources).
2. A huge investment in Technology is required for this new ERA on Learning (and keeping it all the way trough). However the main problem persists on our to get involved (and informed) Parents and Teachers. I say  a vision for LifeLong Learning (in its broad sense) in the EU is the answer. 
3. The curricula in EU schools tend to be more emphatic in competences (at the end of periods) than in knowledege. A serious revolutions in evaluation is requested to be in place. The triumph of Formative Evaluation based on practical capacities and attitudes. PISA must be changed!
4. Prohibition is not a solution. Never was? We have to improve mechanisms of self regulated learning by learners. Youngers must have a more close dialogue with Parents and Teachers   
Markus Palmén's picture
...well, the discussion has not ceased in the meantime, which is great! We are already well underway in the second half of the discussion which is more about sharing practical insights about media literacy. 

To start: What do you think are the media literacy skills most needed by European adults in 2018?