MEC is organized every second year and MEC 2019 will be the eight media education conference. The previous conferences: • NBE 2005, Rovaniemi • NBE 2007, The Power of Media in Education, Rovaniemi • NBE 2009, Rovaniemi (in connection with the ISATT 2009 Conference) • NBE 2011, The Social Media in the Middle of Nowhere, Sallatunturi, Salla • NBE 2013, Media Education in No Man’s Land, Pyhätunturi • MEC 2015, In the Light of the Midnight Sun, Sallatunturi, Salla • MEC 2017, Under the Northern Lights, Rovaniemi (in connection with the FERA Conference on Education) In 2019 MEC will return to the familiar location in Sallatunturi, but this time during sunny springtime – the conference dates are 24 – 26 April 2019. The theme of MEC 2019 is “Media Education on the Top”. MEC 2019 also celebrates the 18th birthday of the Centre for Media Pedagogy.
Edited collection of papers presented at the MEC2019 Conference will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. MEC 2019 participants were invited to submit their proposals to be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE) on the theme of Media Literacy Education for All Ages (this call is already closed).
Welcome to join MEC 2019!
Chair: Heli Ruokamo, Ph.D., Professor, Vice Dean, Director
Päivi Rasi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Title of Adjunct Professor
Marjaana Kangas, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Researcher, Title of Adjunct Professor
Tuulikki Keskitalo, Ph.D., University Lecturer (till 31 Dec 2018)
Hanna Vuojärvi, Ph.D., University Lecturer
Satu-Maarit Frangou, Ph.D. Candidate, Junior Researcher
Liping Sun, Ph.D. Candidate, Junior Researcher
Marja-Leena Porsanger, Conference Coordinator, Rovaniemi-Lapland Congresses
Tel. +358 (0)40 484 4462 and +358 (0)40 721 8260
A Special Issue of the Journal of Media Literacy Education
Päivi Rasi, Heli Ruokamo, and Hanna Vuojärvi
Faculty of Education, Centre for Media Pedagogy, University of Lapland, Finland
Proposals are invited for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Media Literacy Education on the theme of Media Literacy Education for All Ages. The call is open for the international Media Education Conference 2019 (MEC 2019) participants and scholars who don’t intend to attend the MEC conference in Salla, Finland, in April 2019. MEC is a small, informal conference, where participants exchange ideas and information on media literacy education, particularly the roles of media in teaching, learning, society, and psychosocial well-being across all ages. MEC is organized by the Faculty of Education’s Centre for Media Pedagogy at the University of Lapland, Finland.
The Journal of Media Literacy Education provides a forum for established and emerging scholars, media professionals, and educational practitioners in and outside schools. An extended conceptualization of literacy, media literacy education helps individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression needed to become critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in a world where mass media, popular culture, and digital technologies play important roles for individuals and society.
Individuals’ media literacy education needs and interests change over the course of their lives. For example, in infancy, media literacy education is expected to support well-being, emotional and cognitive development, and social relationships. In old age, media literacy education may be especially important to support cognitive functioning and the abilities to obtain and critically assess health-related information and use online health and medical services. In today’s learning society, digital technologies and media play central roles in learning through the life span. Multidisciplinary research and development of pedagogical models to support learning with digital technologies, therefore, are still topical themes for media literacy education. Areas of interest include, for example, online and mobile learning, playful and game-based learning, and simulations, video, and virtual reality in learning.