iLearn is the BBC Media Action learning platform devised for media professionals particularly those based in developing and transitional countries. Courses promote the principles of balanced, objective journalism, and provide advice, models and guidelines for best practice as well as developing professional skills.
iLearn modules are available in over 90 languages including Arabic, Burmese Zawgyi, Russian and Tamil. Modules are translated into the relevant language and content sourced from local media output. Training is developed according to the needs of students and feedback is delivered in the local language.
iLearn courses can produce High Bandwidth and Low Bandwidth versions to accommodate differing internet connectivity.
Each module takes the learner through a number of progressive steps, which may include interactive exercises, asking the student to think about an issue or to come up with an idea, before moving forward to the next step.
Students may be asked to complete an assignment based on what they have just learned. This assignment is submitted online to their mentor who offers feedback and guidance to the student and grades the assignment.
Some courses offer a certificate of completion at the end of the training, although BBC Media Action is not an accredited academic institution.
iLearn online training covers a range of media related subjects including interviewing skills for journalists, reporting elections, journalism ethics and journalism practice. iLearn also offers production training in radio, television and online.
Many of our modules are mentored by highly experienced and skilled journalists and media practitioners who provide advice to students. iLearn offers students the opportunity to discuss course work through the chat room.
Our open access area provides free training however many of our courses are funded by BBC Media Action projects so are only available to people enrolled onto the course. These courses are password protected.
Password protected courses can be standalone online modules or part of a wider blended learning programme which includes face to face and online training, These programmes are advertised by BBC Media Action Project Teams and you apply via the contact referred to in the advert. These adverts will appear on the iLearn home page when Project Teams are recruiting new students.
Developing skilled global journalists and programme makers
Journalism and media training is in huge demand, particularly in developing countries, where access to vocational training is restricted because it is unaffordable or incompatible with people’s livelihoods or is counter to social expectations. For many organisations sending a trainer to developing countries can be costly and inflexible and in some areas, dangerous. Online learning can be done in private, it is flexible and students don’t have to travel or take time off work.
BBC Media Action aims to offer more people the opportunity to access high quality training through e-learning and blended learning programmes. In addition we produce and host resources such as video, podcasts and other learning materials which can be made secure through password protection or freely available in the iLearn Open Access area.
Meeting iLearn’s ambition to extend world class training opportunities depends on partnerships at the global level. We work with institutional partners as well as non-governmental organisations and service providers. For example, those providing health-related services, or non-governmental organisations delivering humanitarian aid or focusing on democratisation. It is through this kind of mutual support that solutions to some of the toughest development issues faced today can be found.
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