“Teaching Communication, Media, and Digital Literacy Studies– Post-Covid Implications and New Directions”

A Collaborative workshop to be held in September 2022 Al-Akhawayn University

This workshop addresses pedagogical practices and looks at future directions in communication, media, and digital literacy studies. We look at areas for growth, and explore innovative initiatives for the internationalization of the curricula about media education in different localities and contexts. The workshop will draw upon the expertise and experiences of communication studies faculty from leading institutions of higher education in Germany and the Middle East North Africa region. Taking as a starting point the experiences of faculty during the Covid-19 pandemic and the switch to online modes of teaching, how can we reflect about online teaching and best practices for digital learning? What are the challenges in the classroom for Gen Z students? How can we enhance employability and internationalization in a fast-changing environment where students will have to change jobs a few times during the course of their career? At a time of increasing options for educational institutions and hesitancy about the continued relevance of the university, what roles can communication and media studies faculty play to engage students and reassert the relevance of providing both theoretical education and practical/technical training in media production, design, and strategic communication? In a post-Covid world, how can faculty participate in providing a well-rounded education with an eye towards the future and help students navigate a world of information overload, fake news, increased media consolidation, but also more interactivity, participatory media, and still uncharted territories for social media use and effects?