Learning about “wicked” problems in the Global South. Creating a film-based learning environment with “Visual Problem Appraisal”

  • Loes Witteveen Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences
  • Rico Lie Wageningen University
Keywords: Visual learning, multi-stakeholder learning environment, complex / wicked problems, Visual Problem Appraisal (VPA), film

Abstract

The current complexity of sustainable development in the Global South calls for the design of learning strategies that can deal with this complexity. One such innovative learning strategy, called Visual Problem Appraisal (VPA), is highlighted in this article. The strategy is termed visual as it creates a learning environment that is film-based. VPA enhances the analysis of complex issues, and facilitates stakeholder dialogue and action planning. The strategy is used in workshops dealing with problem analysis and policy design, and involves the participants “meeting” stakeholders through filmed narratives. The article demonstrates the value of using film in multi stakeholder learning environments addressing issues concerning sustainable development.

Author Biographies

Loes Witteveen, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences
Loes Witteveen is a lecturer in Communication and Innovation Studies at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. She coordinates the master program Rural Development and Communication and produces educational films. Her international work and research interests are in rural development, (visual) learning strategies, participatory communication and media.
Rico Lie, Wageningen University
Rico Lie is an assistant professor at the Department of Communication Science at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He is a social anthropologist specialized in issues of international communication with a focus on the fields of development communication and intercultural communication.
Published
2012-03-30
How to Cite
Witteveen, L., & Lie, R. (2012). Learning about “wicked” problems in the Global South. Creating a film-based learning environment with “Visual Problem Appraisal”. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 28(52), 18 p. https://doi.org/10.7146/mediekultur.v28i52.5482