4. Multi-media and open distance learning system (5 credits per year)
Research trainees are required to make interactive use of the open distance learning system. This is not only through asynchronous e-mail, but also by actively contributing to the dedicated European/International Joint Ph.D. web auditorium, a multipoint interactive webvideoconferences integrated with forum discussion, and digital video-courses available on the web site of the European/International Joint Ph.D. on Social Representations and Communication, or multimedia tools on DVD support.
To this end, the European/International Joint PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings (http://www.europhd.eu/IntLabMeetings), are held yearly. They provide an important opportunity for young researchers to obtain advanced academic and technical skills needed to conduct state-of-the-art research. At last two events are organised each: the first event integrate virtual and face-to-face sessions, aimed at training doctoral students in meta-theoretical analysis of the literature. The second one is face-to-face intensive training courses requiring the physical mobility of participants and open to long-term dissemination via web. These events share common objectives and have a didactic structure with multiple training opportunities for critical analysis of the link between multi-media communication systems and social representations. The methods, techniques, software packages and related method theory guiding applications in research design, will provide the unifying theme for each event of the proposed advanced courses. The topics developed in the participants' research projects presented and discussed during the workshops will provide a variety of societal issues mediated and constructed via traditional and new media.