Digital Literacy Education
Develop expertise in mediated learning environments
The programme focuses on developing expertise in the new discipline of digital literacy education. The discipline is formed by linking media literacy to information and communication technology in learning, media use, and critical thinking in media saturated societies. The programme develops the students’ expertise in tutoring and develops the conceptual awareness and practical skills needed for competence in reading and writing media and creating suitable learning environments.
The programme and research on digital literacy education support the current research priorities of communication sciences, particularly from the perspectives of audiencing and priorities. Education sciences as a collaboration partner contribute to the programme by providing the perspective of pedagogies in mediated learning environments. The programme will facilitate maturity in the cognitive skills needed to understand and evaluate media and its contents as well as cultural practices, which enables media users to be more than consumers since they can actively do mediation for themselves (i.e. as prosumers).
A master’s degree in digital literacy education is pertinent to various contexts, for example schools, media organisations and public administration. In the school environment, graduates may be involved in the development of curricula across all levels. Educators in preschool organisations and youth counselling need skills to reflect on media with children.