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EPALE discussion: The role of media literacy in adult learning

door Markus Palmén

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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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afbeelding van Daniel Nübling
In the age of digitalisation, media literacy becomes one of the most important fundamental skills.
It is quite more than the knowledge how to handle a smartphone. Nowadays people need to understand the mechanisms of the internet, the underlying business models and the technical possibilities regarding processing personal data.   
In addition it is about the ability to search and qualify information in the internet and to identify hoaxes and fake news. 
What we need is a kind of "age of digital Enlightment" 
afbeelding van Ilze Seipule
I would also like to mention one important event, namely - the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week Youth Agenda Forum which will take place on 26 October, 2018, at the University of Latvia, in Riga.
The forum will seek to answer many pressing questions: how young people can act as MIL agents of positive changes in the era of digital algorithms? What can they do as young media, information, and technology professionals, as young researchers, as Internet micro-celebrities and influencers, and as young librarians? Can they influence policy-making on such issues as platform regulation or data protection? Do they feel strong and motivated enough to negotiate with private sector – social networks, advertisers and other internet actors – about their responsibilities to users and  wider society? Pivotally, are young people capable and motivated to help their peers and siblings to benefit from the opportunities in digital media and information environments.
afbeelding van Community Development Center "Today for the Future"
We think "YES", because we are living in a digital world, and our future seems to be Digital.
Media literacy is an essential skill in this digital age

afbeelding van Markus Palmén
The learner group of senior citizens has been mentioned several times as an important target group for media literacy. This group is often also perceived as lacking digital literacy skills, thus hindering their active citizenship. Young generations on the other hand are portrayed as digital natives, at home in the world of social and digital media. I´d like to hear your views and experiences: how would you rate young people's  media literacy skills in your country?   
afbeelding van Daniel Nübling
In germany the younger generation is using digital media in a very naive and unreflected way. They might know about problems reg. data protection and privacy, but there are not able to act accrodingly in their daily live. 
Media literacy is a huge topic in the public discussion and in schools and there are lot of initiatives and programs on country and national level.
afbeelding van Laura Austen-Gray
Younger adults in Ireland typically have the digital skills to access digital media, in line with the portrayal of digital natives that Markus references. 
However, many people - young and old - do not necessary have the media literacy skills to assess articles' authenticity. 
While there are organisations, such as Broadcasting Authority of Ireland which address media literacy across different age groups, youth organisations, such as Spunout Ireland, also try to address this topic. 
afbeelding van Markus Palmén
...would love to see a YouTuber or a similar youth icon tackle this topic. Maybe there are examples of this!
afbeelding van Ilze Seipule
The above study shows that nearly 40% of young people (aged 15-24) in Latvia tend to share information online without checking it. Only 40% of the respondents are able to recognize trusted information from a fake and fabricated.
afbeelding van Markus Palmén
Many thanks Ilze! I would also tend to think that the ease with which young people use digital media is limited to the technical side - without proper media literacy education.