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. The 2013 academy was the start of this initiative. So far, MDLAB has succeeded in introducing media and digital literacy to 40 Arab universities and schools in 12 Arab countries.
MDLAB offers graduate 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 online in an open source environment. Additionally, MDLAB acts as an incubator of innovative ideas and a hub for a network of regional universities and media educators. Topics covered this year 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; the internet and privacy threats; and violence in video games and many more.
Other topics include a host of digital media skills, such as blogging, podcasting, audio and photo editing, comparative news analysis, social network analysis, and data visualization.
For more details, please visit: mdlab.lau.edu.lb
This years academy took place at the Lebanese American University May 18th – 28th 2022.
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