The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has been working hard for the past few years alongside media and information professionals to develop frameworks for media and information literacy (MIL), and they are a fascinating organisation to work with.
The CILIP Information Literacy Group and its CoPILOT sub-group were lucky enough to be involved with developing the MIL framework whilst at the MIL Conference in Moscow and the MIL meeting in Paris in 2012 and 2013.
UNESCO is now seeking volunteers to be an online tutor so, if you are at all interested in gaining experience teaching on a MOOC, please do consider this exciting opportunity!
UNESCO is looking for 15-20 volunteer tutors who wish to gain or enhance their experience and knowledge on a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in media and information literacy (MIL).
UNESCO offers a free online course for youth (aged 15-25) on MIL, in partnership with Athabasca University and the UNESCO-UNAOC University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue.
This entry-level MOOC will provide youth with basic media and information competencies to become critical citizens and agents of change. The course is designed to enable youth to:
- Understand why media and other information providers are important to development and democratic societies;
- Recognise a need for information and to locate, access, organise and critically evaluate information and the content of media and other information providers;
- Use and share information and technology based on ethical principles or accepted standards of social behaviour – in light of opportunities and potential risks;
- Interact with media and other information providers to freely express themselves, share their culture and learn about other cultures, promote gender equality, and participate in democratic and development activities.
Tutors would be requested to log into the system and give feedback to students’ journals, questions and assignments. Tutors and students will directly communicate.
The course will run for two months, and it would require a commitment of about 2 hours per week.
If there are professors, associate professors or tutors in universities, independent consultants, experts, qualified MIL practitioners or PhD students pursuing a related field of study that would like to volunteer, to please send your name, organisation’s affiliation, contact information and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNESCO is taking steps to offer the course in multiple languages and to link to these on one Learning Management System Platform. This will provide opportunities for future cooperation.