The leading idea of the Belgian workshop entitled “Become Media Coach” (http://www.media-animation.be/Media...) was to train educators who are working in cultural, social or educative organization and to allow them to enforce media literacy issues and projects in their practices. This 2011 edition also aims to try to use mobile learning tools to improve the way of learning and of understand it.
The workshop was led by a strong partnership (Media Animation, ACMJ, AJP, JFB, CBAI, RTBF, La Mediathèque and ICC) over a period of 8 months (from March to October 2011). The mobile dimension was included all along the project and led by Paul de Theux and Catherine Geeroms from Media Animation.
The target group was made up of people who are not media literacy experts and more especially:
The workshop took place through 5 days of seminars (on different media literacy issues), 2 days of technical workshops (audiovisual media or information and writing on the Internet) and one ½ open day (rumors and conspiracy theory or young people and media production). After that, each participant has 3 months to prepare and present a practical media literacy project in relation with her job.
Within the project we decided to implement a web 2.0 platform to allow participants to extend what happened and has been taught during seminars. We decided to work with Moodle platform: http://www.media-coach.eu/moodle/. Indeed that tool allows the users to work on different levels and to organize each seminar as a lecture. In each online lecture, a wiki and blog space were implemented to share contents, ideas and to interact.
The target group was not particularly aware of new technologies, social networks and mobile learning. Or in their job, they are working with young people who are often immersed in those web 2.0 tools. We thought that one best way to learn about mobile tools was to use them during the training.
One expected aim of the Moodle platform is to allow participants to have a mobile access to content and information of the media coach program, but also to enhance their reflexivity about mobile learning. Another expected aim is to allow them to exchange ideas and practices during the elaboration of their own project with other participants and stakeholders of the partnership. The last expected aim is to allow some participants to test other mobile learning devices and models within their own project.
The evaluation of each participant’s project will happen in October 2011. Certification will be given to any successful project. This evaluation time will also be the opportunity to come back to the media coach Moodle assessment.
Download the Belgian Workshop report here.