Transmedia literacy: Exploiting transmedia skills and informal learning strategies to improve formal education

The TRANSLITERACY project seeks to accomplish two main goals:

– To understand the relevance of media practices (consumption, production, sharing, creation and learning) in the lives of teenagers from eight countries (Australia, Colombia, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, and Uruguay), mapping the transmedia skills of young boys and girls (aged between 12 to 18 years old);
– To identify what and how younglings are learning outside school, using the media. That is, what informal learning skills are being developed and how can this identification help to improve formal education.

This data will be used in the development of a teacher’s kit capable to foster better formal education, making it more suitable to the current complex world, namely regarding media uses and the proliferation of information sources. Following the geographical criteria established by the project’s methodological framework, two schools were selected from the Northern Portugal to conduct the national research: one from an urban area (Braga) and one from a rural one (Montalegre). The Portuguese side of the project has a sample of 78 teens.


Team members: Sara Pereira, Manuel Pinto, Pedro Moura, Joana Fillol and Andreia Lobo

Project timeframe: April 1st, 2015 to March 31, 2018

Funding: Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Actions (European Commission)