MELITA: Teaching Media Literacy for Students and Teachers

MeLitA (Media Literacy Analytics) aims to equip teachers with the digital tools and know‐how needed to teach media and information literacy in an online environment. Given the alarming rate of misinformation and fake news proliferation in the light of the medical, political and economic implications of the Covid‐19 pandemic, rapid development of engaging pedagogies and digital tools is necessary for teachers to be able to help their students in developing media and information literacy skills. This project will utilize the partners’ expertise in using debate methodology to improve existing media literacy education approaches while adapting the developed pedagogy for online use.

Students today are at high risk from entering echo‐chambers and interacting only with those peers they share opinions with, preventing dialogue with others, understanding and respecting differences, and providing fertile ground for radicalization. Our project’s key feature is the use of debate methodology adapted for encouraging media and information literacy, resulting in an environment where students can express different opinions and explore different perspectives, develop critical thinking and understand how to interpret all media content.

The project outputs are:

  1. A pedagogical strategy focused on outlining both the contemporary needs and solutions in the field of media literacy education
  2. A Methodological Manual focused on teaching media and information literacy through the use of collaborative debate methodology
  3. An Implementation Toolkit delivering practical solutions for teaching media and information literacy in a range of different environments
  4. An interactive, easy to use e‐learning platform providing for online teaching and learning opportunities