Before joining the “MEDLIT-International Media Studies: Media Literacy as a Media Competence Program for Social Change” under the campaign “Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education”, I haven’t realized how media can affect the society in overall. This has been changed after I attended the project; I now understand the effects of media on our society and realize the importance of Media Literacy skills. The Media Literacy is now becoming the significant knowledge that the world citizens should have in order to survive in a media society, especially in Thailand where media is playing important roles in all aspects of people’s life. Thailand is now becoming a digital society where people take amount of information from a wide array of media sources such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on. Thais, however, don’t have enough media literacy knowledge. That means they don’t know how to think critically, how to become a smart consumer of product and information, and how to create media responsibly. I cannot imagine what the future of Thai society will be if our citizens are unaware of the effects of media. I, therefore, have the ultimate goal to promote media literacy skills to my students so that they can survive such a digital society and this would not be in my mind if I hadn’t joined this project.
In terms of the difficulties I faced when joining the project, at first, I didn’t know much about media knowledge because I am not in the media field. This makes me sometimes not understand when listening to the lectures and I had to put a lot of effort in order to understand the concept of media literacy. I, however, thought that I have studied more so that I could be a part of the project. My solution is that I spent a lot of time reading and searching information related to media literacy concepts as well as other knowledge about other concepts related to media areas. By doing this, I exactly gained a lot of knowledge about media literacy and other areas related to media. Apart from knowledge, I also learned how to cooperate and work with people from different backgrounds and cultures. That means I have experienced the intercultural cooperation; I have to be aware of individual differences. I personally understand more about individual and cultural differences and realize that they are important when I have to work in groups and cooperate with people from different backgrounds. In addition to understand more about differences among individuals, I learned working skills when we had a chance to exchange our perspectives. That is that I can learn from their shared experiences and I can apply such knowledge to my daily practices and work.
In terms of the effects of Media Literacy on my own personal practices, I am now more concerned when I use social media. I always think before I would like to post my messages and pictures on media channels. Furthermore, I am really interested in applying MOOC in my courses after I learned how to produce MOOCs and realize how MOOCs can benefit learners as well as lecturers.