The Steering Board of the European Media Literacy Education Study (EMEDUS) held a meeting on 15 March in Brussels to monitor the ongoing research. The Department of Communication and Education, as representative of the UAB in the project, participated in the meeting to contribute with the progress that has been made from the Barcelona group. José Manuel Pérez Tornero, as principal researcher in the project at that university, and Juanfran Martinez, also a researcher in the project, shared assessments and recommendations for the development of the different work packages that are conducting the other European partners. The meeting was also attended by Paolo Celot, Stephanie Racette, Manuel Pinto, Marco Ricceri, László Hartai and Barbara Kadzierska, as representatives of other institutions participating in the project. Marco Ricceri, Eurispes representative (Italy), summarized the results of research carried out by this institution on Informal Education in Media. In this framework, during the past period from November to January, data on 115 cases was collected, which will be analyzed considering methodological criteria, efficiency and impact of such cases. For the analysis, a common evaluation protocol approved together with its partner of SKAMBA (Slovakia) will be followed. In the meeting guidelines for the development of the analysis were also set, such as the balance among the types of media analyzed and the representativeness of various educational levels in research. László Hartai presented, meanwhile, results of work package 3, which deals with comparative research on Formal Education in Media at European level. As a result of this WorkPackage various curricular profiles will be generated for the different analyzed countries from a critical approach. The Hungarian scholar also presented various summary tables with the data analyzed so far. Manuel Pinto, of Universidade do Minho (Portugal), introduced the partial progress of research on Media Education for Inclusion for Groups at Risk of Social Exclusion. From a series of hypotheses based on literature review, a set of cases will be selected for study in depth. As a result of all these studies an overview of the current situation, a review of European policies in the field, and initiatives and recommendations about them will be presented. At the meeting, the overall project status and the development of progress reports that are consistently delivered to the European Commission were assessed. In addition, it was agreed to hold the next follow-up meeting in Rome, Italy.
Autonomous University of Barcelona presents the EMEDUS project at the Conference on Media & Learning
A group of researchers led by José Manuel Pérez Tornero, director and head researcher of the EMEDUS project in Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), presented the project at the Media & Learning Conference, held on 14 and 15 November in Brussels.
Perez Tornero was invited by Media & Learning to present the European Media Literacy Education Study (EMEDUS) at the round table on Media Literacy, Media Education and Media Wisdom: tracking trends and developments from around the world.
Perez Tornero’s team included fellow researchers Dr Cristina Pulido, Juan Francisco Martinez and Alodia Quesada, from the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación of the UAB.
José Manuel Pérez Tornero, director of the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación, from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), reflected on media literacy in times of crisis during the media literacy conference of the European Commission.
The Spanish researcher hosted the conference on Media literacy In Times of Crisis at the invitation of the European Commission.
"Creative Europe: new opportunities for film and media literacy" was the motto of this event, which was aimed at discussing new, alterative financing and development for media literacy.
Matteo Zachetti, Deputy Head of the DG Information Society and Media Unit “Media Programme and Media Literacy” of the European Commission, presents the main aspects of the conference on this audiovisual document.
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Researchers Dr Manuel Pinto and Sara Pereira, from the Communication and Society Research Centre of the University of Minho, visited the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) on 19 and 20 November to collaborate on research projects.
Among topics covered at the conference were a current overview on the progress of the EMEDUS project, together with researchers from the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación of the UAB, and a review of the bibliography. Furthermore, the research group from the University of Minho reported on the development of Workpackage 5 of this project, dedicated to research in media literacy and the inclusion of disadvantaged social groups.
The incorporation of new documents to the EMEDUS database, regarding the social inclusion of groups at risk, was one of the actions carried out by the University of Minho in the latter stage of the conference. Methodological procedures and proposals for new sources to incorporate in the research were also discussed during the meeting.
Further cooperation between the University of Minho and the UAB were also discussed with respect to courses and initiatives on media literacy in the professional field within the framework of the UNESCO Chair.
The researchers from the University of Minho also participated in a meeting with the research group of the Department of Communication and Education from the UAB on November 20. Pinto and Pereira gave a presentation on behalf of their research group to their colleagues of the UAB. There they mentioned their recent publications and gave a contextualization of Media Education in Portugal from the point of view of the principal actors; their experiences and results.
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The First Expert Panel Meeting of EMEDUS was held on 8 and 9 November on the campus of Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
The demand for a media education curriculum in all European Union countries as well as the suggestion for more cooperation on the issue of media and information literacy have been the most important points discussed in the EMEDUS´s First Expert Panel Meeting.
This research project, lead by Communication and Education Office of Autonomous University of Barcelona, is sponsored by the European Union.