MIL Curriculum for Teachers
Teachers are the gateway to literate societies. Therefore, this model Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum for Teachers is intended as a tool that will provide educators of all backgrounds with the main competencies (knowledge, skills and attitude) on MIL. It focuses on pedagogical approaches necessary to enable teachers to integrate MIL in their classrooms.
By focusing on teachers, UNESCO hopes to capitalize on the potential multiplier effect. That is, media and information literate teachers should facilitate media and information literacy among their students and, in turn, lead to societies that are media and information literate.
The MIL Curriculum for Teachers is designed as a flexible and comprehensive framework that educators or curriculum developers may adapt to the local context of their countries.
The MIL Curriculum for Teachers is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Japanese, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Translation into other languages such as German and Swedish are underway. Please check our website for updates. If you are interested in partnering with UNESCO to translate the MIL Curriculum into your local language, please contact us.
Actions undertaken in preparing the model MIL Curriculum for Teachers
INTERNATIONAL EXPERT GROUP MEETING TO ADVISE ON THE STRATEGY TO PREPARE THE CURRICULUM
A first international expert group meeting took place from 16 to 18 June 2008 to agree on a framework and design for a model teacher training curriculum on media and information literacy.
Experts in teacher training, curriculum development, media and information literacy from all regions of the world met to advise on the best strategy to develop the MIL curriculum.
As recommended by the experts, the preparation of the curriculum was divided into four distinct yet integrally related components (Core Subjects/Content; Learning Outcomes/Objectives; Competencies; Pedagogical and Assessment Approaches), creating four working groups that prepared the first draft of the curriculum.
SECOND INTERNATIONAL EXPERT GROUP MEETING TO REVIEW THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE CURRICULUM
A second international expert group meeting took place in Paris from 22 to 23 September 2009 to review and make recommendations for the improvement of the draft MIL Curriculum.
The overall purpose of this expert review meeting was to assess the draft modules and learning outcomes prepared by the working groups and to make recommendations for the improvement of the curriculum as a whole.
In order to ensure an independent and objective validation of the draft, a number of experts that had not been involved in the development of the first draft of the curriculum participated in the meeting.
SERIES OF REGIONAL TRAINING OF TRAINER WORKSHOPS AND CONSULTATIONS FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN AND SOUTHERN ASIA
Following the second expert group meeting that reviewed the first draft of the MIL Curriculum for Teachers, a series of regional teacher training workshops took place between October and December 2009. These were held in South Africa, Sri Lanka and Jamaica.
Over 70 teacher educators from 45 teacher training institutions participated in the workshops. During the working sessions, the participants discussed and were trained on the role of MIL in education, with an in-depth look at certain modules of the draft curriculum.
These training sessions were also meant to introduce the first draft of the curriculum to educators as well as to request feedback on the relevance of its content. This information was later used in the preparation of the second draft of the curriculum.