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A New Generation of Learning: Holocaust Education and the Internet
Thu, 10/28/2010 - 12:00am
Colleagues in Europe share their perspectives in post-workshop survey
In May, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute convened a workshop entitled “A New Generation of Learning: Holocaust Education and the Internet,” at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop brought together participants engaged in Holocaust education from across Europe to discuss the educational and social implications of placing video testimony and other materials related to sensitive subjects on the Internet.
While workshop participants are from 14 countries, hold various positions in non-profit organizations and in education, and have different levels of professional experience, some common themes emerged during these 2½ days. In a post-workshop evaluation survey, participants underscored the importance of examining the Internet’s role in Holocaust education, and expressed widespread interest in applying what they learned to their ongoing work. However, even though they are interested in the topic and deem themselves savvy Internet users, they do not have the same level of confidence in their ability to apply online media and new media literacy skills in teaching. Participants therefore valued the opportunity to gather with colleagues from the field and discuss the ways in which they can use these skills in education. The intersection of Holocaust education and new media literacies, which forms the foundation of the Institute’s pedagogical point of view, is an area of focus with which our colleagues in Europe are also engaged. Above all, the workshop provided a forum for participants to talk through this pressing topic, so that together, the Institute and our partners can find ways to move sound pedagogy and Holocaust education into the online space.
On May 12-14, 2010, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute convened a two and one-half-day workshop to explore the intersection between new media and Holocaust education, with the goal of identifying the opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges for education in an online environment. This meeting was held at the Central European University in Budapest, where the Shoah Foundation Institute’s entire Visual History Archive has been available and searchable since April 2009. The primary objectives of the workshop were:
To establish shared expectations and vocabulary regarding the opportunities of developing educationally meaningful projects on the Internet;
To explore the state of the field of new media education, and think through how to engage this in our current work with Holocaust education; and
To face the challenges inherent in the move to the Internet, especially with regards to material of a sensitive nature.
During the workshop, Institute partners from throughout Europe had the opportunity to discuss the educational and social implications of placing video testimony and other materials related to topics of a sensitive nature on the Internet.