Understanding Benefits of ME/ML

Students expressed different views on the benefits they received from the media education course while  they were  communicating with ERA experts.

Some  students described the benefits of learning ME/ML as related to the needs and demands of our time, where media education is becoming “one of the most essential areas to study.” “We cannot survive without media culture today” (Mykolaiv).

Secondary school students often associated the benefits of learning media education course with the following topics:

  • Countering information manipulation: “I pay attention to inaccuracies and exaggerations in how information is presentatied on TV and online.” (Khotiv) “The main goal is to resist the manipulative means used by mass media” (Poltava).
  • Preventing cybercrimes: “Avoid cybercriminals.” “Do not post personal photos or personal information, do not threaten or blackmail people anddo not use links to unknown websites” (Poltava).
  • Skills in searching and managing information: “When I use the internet, I know how to browse and perceive information.” (Khotiv), “The quality of [my] perception is better and the amount of free time increases.” (Mykolaiv).
  • Distinguishing types and methods of information presentation: “When you watch news programs, it is interesting to notice which means of information presentation is used.” “Communicating with people, you can define different types of information” (Khotiv).
  • Skills and abilities to communicate, discuss, argue and express personal opinion: “We learned how we can express our views andcommunicate with other people.” (Khotiv).
  • Stimulus to create something new, original, personal: “It is very exciting; you want to create something new, very interesting.” (Pohorilovo), “We participated in the journalism contest. There was a festival of media in schools, where pupils from all schools in the city presented their work” Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk).
  • Acquiring new knowledge of computer programs to process information: “Studying programs to make videos and ads, editing programs for photos/pictures and creating collages” (Pohorilovo).
  • Training in critical approaches to information analysis and developing critical thinking: “Checking several sources, learning  who is presenting information.n” (Mykolaiv), “Those who do not study [ME] lose in regards to critical thinking development, objectivity and they are not protected from inaccurate information” (Mykolaiv).

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