This media literacy non-formal learning guide, is an outcome of the Get it Right project. The main aims of Get it Right have been to develop skills and competencies of youth workers in the field of media literacy; to cultivate new abilities, such as critical thinking, text interpretation/analysis, responsible use of social media, with a view to raise awareness among people from the European countries about the importance of media literacy.
In doing so, the project involved hundreds of trainers, youth workers and young people who participated in the development of the methods described below. Spanning 28 months, from 1st September 2018 to 31st December 2020, going through the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the project has involved participants from Romania, Greece and Ireland and it was structured starting from the needs of the beneficiaries, going to developing, testing and promoting the final result.
In the first part of the project, the three partner organisations have realised a field research in order to find out media literacy education practices, online behaviour of the young people and the main risks they are facing when they use the internet. In the second part, the course was developed in accordance with the findings of the research, this phase going side-by-side with testing the educational methods developed. 18 trainers, youth workers and youth leaders (6 from each participating country) have been informed in media literacy and taught to use the developed course, and each of them held experimental laboratories in order to test and review it.
The course handbook offers a selection of 32 non-formal learning methods to enhance media education among young people. The descriptions of the methods provide the duration, group size, materials needed, concrete steps to do the work questions for Debriefing & Reflection, Learning Outcomes and other additional resources. We hope that the course handbook will help trainers, youth workers, teachers and any interested person or organisation working in media education to contribute to the raising of the level of critical thinking of future generations.
You may find the full guide here. Enjoy!!