Media Literacy Institute 2022

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Course Description

There is an urgent call for helping students gain media literacy skills, especially the abilities to think critically, to discern and to share. Media literacy is not just an important subject to teach — it is an engaging way to support the teaching of all subjects.  In this Media Literacy Institute you will learn to confidently use the Center for Media Literacy’s evidence-based frameworks and pedagogy to develop media literacy connections, activities and lessons that empower your students. Be ready for active learning that is full of “Aha!” moments!

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand basic media literacy theory, and see how to apply CML’s 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy.
  • Gain practice with close analysis, facilitating a media literacy class, including uncomfortable subjects, become a confident presenter and co-learner.
  • Get direct feedback and coaching from experienced practitioners.
  • Learn to integrate media literacy into lessons and your curricula.

Course Schedule

Participants will meet in four 90-minute online synchronous sessions. In addition, there will be 14 hours of asynchronous work.

  • Session 1: August 1, 2022 9:30 - 11:00AM/PT
  • Session 2: August 2, 2022 9:30 - 11:00AM/PT
  • Session 3: August 3, 2022 9:30 - 11:00AM/PT
  • Session 4: August 4, 2022 9:30 - 11:00AM/PT

Course Details

  • This institute is an intensive 20-hour course. There are four online synchronous sessions, and fourteen hours of asynchronous work.
  • The Zoom link will be emailed to participants prior to the start of the course.
  • The course fee for this course is $150.
  • The course fee includes 20 clock hours for Washington state educators.
  • Registration is limited to 30 participants.
  • We strive to make our learning experiences accessible to all. Please contact us at about your accessibility needs for this course.

Meet the Instructors

Tessa Jolls is President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy. She was awarded the 2020 NATO Fulbright Security Studies Award in Brussels, as well as Visiting Scholar positions at American University/Brussels, UCLouvain. In 2015, Jolls received the Global Media and Information Literacy Award, in recognition of her work in Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, from the UNESCO, in cooperation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). She focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating media literacy programs, and providing professional development.

Michele Johnsen is an Affiliate of the Center for Media Literacy.  She focuses on human rights, public diplomacy and the effects of digital communication on democracy and culture. Michele has spoken at numerous universities and conferences.

Monika Hanley is an Associate of the Center for Media Literacy.  She focuses on Disinformation and its impact on the social fabric of democratic societies. She has held media and digital literacy trainings for students and adults, and worked on online course development, facilitating the scaling of media literacy programs.