ASEAN Teachers' Virtual
Boot Camp

“Media and Information Literacy : Building Resilience for the Futures of Learning”

8 - 10 February 2023

Background

The Media and Information Literacy (MIL) – ASEAN Teachers’ Virtual Boot Camp supports UNESCO’s goal to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information competencies. 

The Media and Information Literacy Teachers’ Boot Camp  aims to train and deepen the understanding of the importance of media and information literacy in a fast-moving, digital media landscape among teachers and teacher educators  namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. 

About the Boot Camp

8 - 10 February 2023

3 days program days for MIL ASEAN Teachers’ Virtual Boot Camp and MIL Webinar Series and Networking Session

Fully-Funded

Fee for this virtual Boot Camp is covered by the U.S. Department of State under the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2022

Virtual

The whole program will be held virtually via Zoom

Fact Sheet

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Education

The virtual Boot Camp will train 100 teachers and teacher educators from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand and provide them with knowledge and skills pertaining to teaching media and information literacy across the curriculum. 

02
Integration

This virtual Boot Camp also culminates with a capstone course in which it will enable participants to integrate MIL across curriculum and develop critical thinking capacity of students so that they can actively engage with different segments of the society while promoting the civic education movement.

03
Inclusivity

Seminars in Media and Information Literacy Teachers’ Virtual Boot Camp will address the growing needs of media and information literacy (MIL), new pedagogical skills, and curricula development, thus making education more inclusive and contributing to media and information literate societies. 

Our Speakers

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Ambassador Brian D. McFeeters

U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia
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Dr. Roger Chao Jr.

Asst. Director/Head of Education, Youth and Sports at the ASEAN Secretariat.
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Tessa Jolls

CEO, Center for Media Literacy, USA
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Dr. Masato Kajimoto

Associate Professor of Practice, University of Hong Kong
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Dr. Maria Rita D. Lucas

Dean of the School of Education-Liberal Arts-Music- Social Work, Centro Escolar University, Philippines
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Lucian Teo

Program Manager at Google.org
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Dr. Kari Kivinen

Education outreach expert at EUIPO
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Hashimah Hashim

Head of Department for Community Programme at Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysia
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Aribowo Sasmito

Co-Founder & Fact-Check Specialist, MAFINDO Indonesia
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Objectives of the Program

01

Expand participants’ knowledge and competencies on topics related to Media and Information Literacy (MIL) to enable them to integrate MIL across curriculum and develop critical thinking capacity of students so that they can actively engage with different segments of the society.

 

02

Build a network with other Southeast Asian teachers and teacher educators for future collaboration and knowledge as well as classroom experience sharing in teaching / integrating MIL across curriculum. 

 

Module/Topics

1.
Overview of Media and Information Literacy from Theory to Practice

This session will provide an overview of media and information literacy (MIL) concepts that may be foreign to some ASEAN participants. Aside from defining MIL, this session will urge participants to recognize the importance of media embeddedness and that MIL is a critical skill that must be taught in all aspects of daily life. For participants just starting with MIL, a better grasp of misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation is essential. Participants will also learn how to use MIL skills to take advantage of the media and information in their life and make decisions to change their community one student at a time. This session will help introduce the concepts that the presenters will cover throughout the three-day training course.

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Building Resilience through Media and Information Literacy in ASEAN

This session will present an overview of ASEAN’s MIL landscape, plagued by the spread of internet rumors, misinformation, and disinformation. Studies show that Southeast Asia lack the skills to interpret the information they encounter via media. UNESCO identified media literacy as key in fostering critical thinking, respect for cultural diversity, and open dialogue in the Asia Pacific region. But they also observed that one of the biggest hurdles to properly implementing media literacy education at scale was the lack of training for educators (ASEAN Foundation, 2022). Hence, this topic aims to provide participants with updates on the region’s initiatives to strengthen the MIL competencies of teachers and teacher educators. Discussing the concrete steps taken to raise the MIL competencies of ASEAN citizens and transform them into agents of change.

3.
Strategies to Counter False Information in a Modern Classroom

Since 2020, governments worldwide have had to establish limits on physical meetings to curb the spread of COVID-19. Fast forward to today, the education sector strived to shift from face-to-face classroom interactions to remote learning modalities. Under the “new normal,” how would secondary school instructors and educators counteract the spread of false information and prevent students from becoming victims of fake news? What are the emerging roles of school heads, principals, secondary school instructors, and teacher educators in the digital classroom? What strategies can they use to meaningfully engage students in critically evaluating a piece of information they will encounter inside and outside the school?

4.
Developing Student Digital Detectives in a Post-Truth Era

People can believe whatever they choose, as long as they think it is correct. Post-truth became an international word in 2016, which relates to situations in which objective facts are less significant in molding public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Without bordering on cynicism and distrust, how can teachers and educators use simple fact-checking techniques to counteract misinformation and disinformation? This session may focus on strategies for discerning facts from fiction, lateral reading, and finding online fact-checking tools.

5.
Teachers’ and Educators’ Guide to Internet Safety

Teachers’ and educators’ internet safety approaches in the classroom have evolved as technology and our use of it has. In the past, digital citizenship lessons on internet safety focused more on dos and don’ts, such as creating secure passwords and avoiding talking to strangers online. While secure passwords are crucial for all technology users, teachers should never underestimate the dangers students might encounter inside or outside the classroom, because most internet safety concerns are much more nuanced. This session will look at how teachers can assist students in developing the critical-thinking skills and mental habits necessary to navigate common online safety dilemmas – keeping online gaming experiences fun and healthy, and the benefits and risks of online-only friendships.

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Teachers’ and Educators’ Guide to Protecting Personal Information and Privacy Online

How do we keep our students’ data safe, private, and protected while harnessing the benefits of remote education? This session will examine identity threats to student privacy and their right to personal security on the web, steps students can take to protect themselves, and future strategies. In the age of manufactured consent, exploring digital footprint awareness and approach will help teachers understand how to empower students to choose and control what they leave online for others to find.

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Detecting Deepfake: How to Counteract Misinformation/Disinformation Created by AI

Deepfakes involve video manipulations in which a face is swapped with someone else’s using neural networks. Detecting whether a video has been manipulated differs from determining whether it contains false information. Deepfakes are a public concern, so developing methods to catch them is critical. Besides potential misuse, these tools can be used to defame someone. This session will provide an in-depth understanding of how far misinformation and disinformation could go and suggest strategies for teachers to detect a seemingly-perfect deep-fake video so they won’t fall into the trap of sharing manipulated content.

Program Timeline

1
November 2022

Application Opens

2
December 2022

Application Deadline 

3
January 2023

Announcement of Results 

4
February 2023

Pre-Boot Camp Virtual Programming (Networking Session) 

5
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The application period for the ASEAN Teachers Boot Camp "Media and Information Literacy : Building Resilience for the Futures of Learning" is now CLOSED

Thank you to more than 1,200 teachers and educators across ASEAN who submitted their applications!

Application Form

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FAQs

Who should attend the MIL ASEAN Teachers’ Virtual BootCamp?

This event is open to teachers, teacher educators, school administrators who are currently teaching in public schools or private schools or teacher training institutes or, education officers or curriculum officers involved in curriculum planning or supervision of schools at the age of 25 to 50 years old from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

What are the criteria in the participant selection?

A total of 100 aspiring and highly motivated pre-service or in-service  school teachers, teacher educators and school administrators/officers will be selected, based on the background of participants and balanced geographical representation is ensured that a wide variety of perspectives will be brought into the working process.

Is there a required educational background? What if I do not have a Media and Information Literacy (MIL) background?

We accept applicants from various backgrounds who are interested in advancing MIL in their home countries. 

How much does it cost to join the virtual BootCamp?

This virtual BootCamp is FULLY-FUNDED, it does not cost anything.

Do we get a certificate of participation in your virtual BootCamp?

Yes. Participants will receive a certificate of participation that is automatically emailed once they complete the required work for the three-day virtual BootCamp and other programming activities. Participants are required to commit at least 20 hours to the MIL BootCamp activities and programs.

What will I do at the MIL ASEAN Teachers’ Virtual BootCamp?

Participants in the virtual BootCamp will have an opportunity to participate in informational sessions, discussions on selected topics related to MIL. They will also be asked to develop an action plan after the sessions.

Do I need to prepare anything prior to the BootCamp?

Participants will be asked to review some of the materials related to the theme of the BootCamp. They will also be asked to familiarize themselves with other participants and to start making plans for their proposed action plan.

Do we need to prepare anything else?

Just be ready to learn and share! Take the opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow participants. Prepare questions for our speakers and experts and share your own ideas. We would love to hear from you as well.

Who are the ideal participants of the BootCamp?

The 100 highly qualified and motivated school teachers or teacher educators will be selected to join Media and Information Literacy ASEAN Teachers’ Virtual Bootcamp. Participants are required to commit at least 20 hours for the MIL Bootcamp activities and programs. Participants are highly recommended to take off days to participate productively in and achieve the most from the Bootcamp.

Is this the first ASEAN Teachers’ virtual BootCamp?

This project is a continuation of a previously successful TechCamp Malaysia – Philippines 2021 project funded by the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur and Penang Institute. TechCamp Malaysia – Philippines, a mini TechCamp is a funded alumni project from TechCamp Malaysia 2020, which was organized by the Media and Information Literacy for ASEAN Network (MIL for ASEAN Network).

This event is open to teachers, teacher educators, school administrators who are currently teaching in public schools or private schools or teacher training institutes or, education officers or curriculum officers involved in curriculum planning or supervision of schools at the age of 25 to 50 years old from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

A total of 100 aspiring and highly motivated pre-service or in-service school teachers, teacher educators and school administrators/officers will be selected, based on the background of participants and balanced geographical representation is ensured that a wide variety of perspectives will be brought into the working process.

We accept applicants from various backgrounds who are interested in advancing MIL in their home countries.

This virtual Boot Camp is FULLY-FUNDED, it does not cost anything.

Yes. Participants will receive a certificate of participation that is automatically emailed once they complete the required work for the three-day virtual Boot Camp and other programming activities. Participants are required to commit at least 20 hours to the MIL Boot Camp activities and programs.

Participants in the virtual Boot Camp will have an opportunity to participate in informational sessions, discussions on selected topics related to MIL. They will also be asked to develop an action plan after the sessions.

Participants will be asked to review some of the materials related to the theme of the Boot Camp. They will also be asked to familiarize themselves with other participants and to start making plans for their proposed action plan.

Just be ready to learn and share! Take the opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow participants. Prepare questions for our speakers and experts and share your own ideas. We would love to hear from you as well.

The 100 highly qualified and motivated school teachers or teacher educators will be selected to join Media and Information Literacy ASEAN Teachers’ Virtual Boot Camp. Participants are required to commit at least 20 hours for the MIL Boot Camp activities and programs. Participants are highly recommended to take off days to participate productively in and achieve the most from the Boot Camp.

This project is a continuation of a previously successful TechCamp Malaysia – Philippines 2021 project funded by the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur and Penang Institute. TechCamp Malaysia – Philippines, a mini TechCamp is a funded alumni project from TechCamp Malaysia 2020, which was organized by the Media and Information Literacy for ASEAN Network (MIL for ASEAN Network).

Info Packet

ASEAN Teachers’ Virtual BootCamp 2023 Info Packet for Participants

ASEAN Teachers Bootcamp “Media and Information Literacy : Building Resilience for the Futures of Learning”

Participants Breakdown

Past Program

TechCamp Malaysia - Philippines 2021

TechCamp Malaysia-Philippines aims to train and deepen the understanding of the importance of MIL in a fast-moving, digital media landscape among secondary school teachers and teacher educators who are passionate about building a well-informed society.