Modern Media

Course Objectives

Knowledge:

  • Understanding the place, role and limitations of different ICTs (Information communication technologies) in development and Christian ministry.
  • Getting to know different types of audiovisual productions and their specific use, including the use of entertainment-education.
  • Becoming familiar with different recording equipment and methods.
  • Knowing the importance of community research and participation in local content creation and communication and how it can be achieved.
  • Getting to know the role of community radio and how to facilitate such projects.
  • Discovering biblical principles for using ICTs.

Skills:                                                                                          

  • Learning how to design, facilitate and record a program using participatory methods.
  • Using different recording equipment and techniques.
  • Using freeware (Audacity, Photo Story and Shotcut) to produce a variety of audiovisual productions such as radio drama, documentaries, debates, educational films, music videos or picture-based videos.
  • Acquiring the right procedure for producing dramatized audio for newly translated Scriptures.
  • Making Android applications for mobile phones in local languages.

Attitudes:

  • Overcoming the fear of using technology for development and Scripture Engagement purposes.
  • A growing awareness of the communication needs (access to information and being heard) of communities, paired with a growing desire to make use of locally available ICTs and developing new communication platforms such as community radio to meet such needs.
  • A growing desire to get local communities involved in the use of ICTs in order to address local issues.

Course Description

This course is taught using a variety of teaching methods such as class and group discussions, reading assignments, video and PowerPoint presentations, listening to audio programs and doing hands-on exercises and audiovisual production projects. It seeks to lay both the theoretical basis for understanding the role of ICTs in development and Scripture Engagement, as well as enable participants to acquire the hands-on skills for audio-visual production that will enable them to put into practice ICTs in creative ways in their various work contexts.