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Media & Digital Literacy Academy

August 7, 2017

Media & Digital Literacy Academy in Beirut 2016 Established in 2013, the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut (MDLAB) aims to advance digital and media literacy education in the Arab region by training a generation of teachers and scholars and developing locally rooted curricula.

MDLAB offers students and academics a unique opportunity to study media and digital literacy with leading Arab and international experts during two summer weeks. The academy works year-round to further develop curricula and publish them in an open source environment. It works on the expansion of media and digital literacy education in the Arab world by providing the needed training (TOT), curricular material and resources, and motivating faculty to transfer what they learned to their institutions.

MDLAB brings together top faculty, activists,  undergraduate, and graduate students from around the Arab region for two weeks every summer. Faculty and deans from more than a dozen different universities across the region participate in the academy, giving lectures and acting as mentors to small teams of students.

The academy is conceived to promote the importance of media and digital literacy in the region and to understand how to utilize media to better understand the events happening in the region.

The academy also works on understanding the relationship between our region, communities, ourselves, the economy, and politics.

The academy is conceived to promote the importance of media and digital literacy in the region and to understand how to utilize media to better understand the events happening in the region. MDLAB has established a network of regional universities, schools, trainers, activists, and media educators rotating around the development and promotion of media and digital literacy education.

Additionally, MDLAB acts as an incubator of innovative ideas and a hub for a network of regional universities and media educators. The topics we cover are diverse and include: media literacy and human rights, media literacy’s role in the Arab region, news coverage of human rights violations, the power of images, propaganda in video and film, media and business influences, Arab media ownership patterns, media portrayal of marginalized communities, media and religion, sectarian hate speech and free speech, media, gender, sexuality and body image, social media and privacy threats, and violence in video games. Other topics include a host of digital media skills, such as blogging, podcasting, photo manipulation, audio and video editing, comparative news analysis, social network analysis, and data visualization. MDLAB2016 will take place in the Lebanese American University. Date and Time will be announced later.

For more information visit the MDLAB homepage

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