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Media & Communication Literacy in Higher Education: Learning a Foreign Language

, , , Politecnico di Milano - HOC, Italy

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Learning how to speak through modern interactive channels is not easy for “grown up students”, as those at higher education level. They are used to the multimedia Web, iPod, iPhone, etc. as “personal channels” for their own entertainment but they are not used at using these channels as a way to deliver their own work. In addition, “speaking multimedia” is no-man land: for students inclined to humanities it is too techy; for students inclined to technology it is too “expressive”. This paper describes how “multimedia narratives” were introduced in two different courses. The empowering environment is “1001stories”, a toolkit developed at Politecnico di Milano, used for professional development of multimedia-multichannel applications but also for educational purposes. The paper describes how the activities were carried on, the results and the educational theories relevant for interpreting them. In the conclusion we propose a “foreign language” approach for multimedia communication.


Paolini, P., Di Blas, N. & Torrebruno, A. (2009). Media & Communication Literacy in Higher Education: Learning a Foreign Language. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3210-3220). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 16, 2019 from .


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