You consume information every day. From your friends, your Facebook and Twitter feed, your favorite YouTube show, and news outlets. How do you know that it’s true and accurate? Being media literate means the ability to recognize and avoid manipulations. No one is born media literate. Media literacy is a skill. You can develop it. Take this free course to get started!
WHO IS IT FOR?
- NGO activists
- Instructors for civic engagement courses
- Everyone who wants to improve their critical thinking skills
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
- Media literacy: what skills, knowledge and attitudes do you need?
- CRAP detection. How to check information?
- Biases. How do the brain and the media distort information?
- Misinformation. What types of misinformation exist? How to recognize them?
- Bots. What to be aware of on social media?
- How is propaganda constructed?
- How to recognize it?
- How misinformation and propaganda work: a real-world case
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE?
The time needed to complete the entire course is about 50-60 minutes. But as the formula of the course allows you to choose a convenient time and pace of learning, it’s up to you in how many shorter periods of time you divide the course. You can always stop it and resume later.
Pavel is a trainer in the non-formal learning field specializing in working with youth workers, educators and young people. Pavel has more than 10 years of experience in leading educational programs and co-designing educational games in Estonia and all over Europe. Since 2019 Pavel has been involved in the Media Literacy Accelerator project first as a participant of several courses, then as a Master Trainer on the topic of building positive narratives and finally as an expert working on appropriating media literacy course content to an online format.
I am responsible for coordinating a nationwide media literacy education project in Poland for Demagog Association, a prominent Polish NGO. The educational program, the Fact-Checking Academy, uses Demagog’s established fact-checking experience to create educational programs on media literacy for students, teachers, librarians and seniors. To carry out this project, I manage a team of 12 trainers. Demagog offers workshops and lessons subjects including fact-checking, finding reliable sources of information, and identifying fake news and disinformation. As an independent educator I also provide trainings for other organizations, including TechSoup Europe.