2008 Oklahoma Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference


The Need for Teaching Media Literacy at the University Level


Dr. Julian Hermida

Algoma University, Department of Law and Politics

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada


April 10, 2008




o    To highlight the importance of helping students develop media literacy.


o    To offer some examples of student-centered activities informed by visual pedagogy aimed at fostering media literacy in a Law course.


  Media literacy.


  Need to teach media literacy at the University.


  Group activity: Analysis of a day-in-the-life video.


  Group discussion.


Please watch the following video. It is a day-in-the-life video of a female teenager who has been raped. The video is intended to be used in court to show how much her life has changed and how she struggles every day with mental anguish and depression.


Assume you are the lawyers representing the teenager in a civil lawsuit in order to get compensation from the defendant.


      What changes will you have to make to the video to effectively present it in court?


You can read more about day-in-the-life videos by clicking here.




Discussion questions:

      Do you think it is important to foster media literacy in the university classrooms?

      What are the major advantages of teaching media literacy at the University level?

      What difficulties do you envision for the teaching of media literacy at the University level?

      In your opinion, what is the best strategy to teach media literacy?



Useful links


      Video recorded evidence in the United Kingdom

      Legal video