UNESCO Chair on Media and Information Literacy and the Media Education of Citizens
Description and Mandate of the Chair
The Chair is part of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), and is working consistently through a variety of projects to promote media and information literacy (MIL) that is crucial for insuring quality and inclusiveness of learning and teaching, and vital for the success of lifelong learning.
Media and information literacy is a complex concept proposed by UNESCO in 2007. MIL covers all competencies related to information literacy and media literacy that also include digital or technological literacy. It focuses on different and intersecting competencies to transform people’s interaction with information and learning environments online and offline.
MIL constitutes a composite set of knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies and practices that allow effectively access, analyze, critically evaluate, interpret, use, create and disseminate information and media products with the use of existing means and tools on a creative, legal and ethical basis. It is an integral part of so-called « 21st century skills » or « transversal competencies ».
Our activities in the field include:
- Raising awareness and policy advocacy on the significance, role and scale of MIL for education;
- Contributing to the development of MIL-related policies and professional strategies at international, regional and national levels;
- Providing MIL-related training for educators and university and school librarians, and developing relevant education materials and tools;
- Facilitating cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration among stakeholders.
The Chair and IITE are currently focusing on designing mobile learning tools for MIL-related professional development of teachers and educators both in Russian and English languages. The aim of the project is to enhance the capacities of teachers and educators to benefit from and to contribute to the development of the digital education environment by professional development on MIL through a set of mobile learning tools. Project also envisaged the elaboration and testing the pilot models of quality teacher training on MIL delivered within online non-formal and informal education in line with the life-long learning concept.
The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) was established as an integral part of UNESCO by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 29th session (November 1997) and is located in Moscow, Russian Federation.
(UNESCO No. 1157)
(Ver. PBe 06-2021)
Mr. Tao Zhan
Chairholder, UNESCO Chair on media and information literacy and the media education of citizens
Director, Institute for Information Technologies in Education
Moscow State University of Education