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Critical digital and media literacy

von EBSN CBS Editor

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Digital skills and competences are today increasingly seen as a significant part of basic skills. There are a number of initiatives that aim at conceptualising and defining digital skills and competences. In many cases, however, and especially at policy level, critical thinking and reflection on digital content do not receive the attention that would be necessary to safely guide European citizens through current challenges.

In 2017 the UNESCO Broadband Commission published a report entitled Digital Skills for Life and Work. The report puts forward a set of interconnected skills that make up digital competence, a continuum from basic functional skills to specialist know-how, including critical information literacy, a concept that entails the ability to critically assess information, its purposes and the methods by which it is organised and spread.

In the forthcoming discussion we invite our participants to share their experiences and good practices answering the following questions:

  • To what extent is the use of critical information and media literacy present in the current provision of digital skills in your country?
  • To what extent are policy makers and other basic skills stakeholders aware of the need to develop critical media literacy among adults with low levels of qualifications?
  • What do you think the most important challenges when teaching critical information and media literacy?
  • How would you describe the most important factots that constitute a functional level of media literacy?
  • Can you describe any initiatives in your professional network that address critical information or media literacy in the realm of digital skills and competence development?

The discussion will be moderated by Graciela Sbertoli, Secretary General of the EBSN and will start 28 August (Wednesday) 12:00 CET and will be concluded 29 August (Thursday) 17:00 CET.


The Capacity Building Series of EBSN provides free open educational resources (OERs) and massive online courses (MOOCs) through EPALE, to help the implementation of the European Commission recommendations on Upskilling pathways in EU Member States. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, as part the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe. The project is implemented with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

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Bild des Benutzers Liga Abizare
Within the next two years, JSC “Latvia's State Forests”(LVM) will implement a project co-financed by the European Union Funds (EUF) aimed at developing a competency-based general education content by introducing a digital learning and methodological tool for sustainable forest management. The tool is intended for successful implementation of the interdisciplinary theme “Forest Research” for grade 8-9 students to be used in geography, biology and mathematics and computer science.
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My name is Ejvis Gishti and im the coordinator of EPALE NSS in Albania. 
Since media literacy is not a subject introduced in the curricula, there are no associations dealing particularly with media literacy, such as those of teachers, librarians, or professional learning centres. In the same way, the weak status of journalists’ association does not allow for any influence on education policy. Albanian Media Institute (ANI) is the main NGO in the country engaged in training of journalists, working in this field since 1996. It regularly implements mainly short-term programs in journalism training for both students of journalism and mid-career journalists. In recent years its activities have particularly focused on training journalists and students in digital skills, with the aim of improving abilities of journalists to use different forms of expression, adapting to the new developments in the profession. Apart from training in digital literacy for journalists, AMI has also attempted to pave the way for introducing media literacy in the pre-university curricula. Other organizations have also tackled the media literacy issue, although initiatives have been sporadic. One of the main supporters of such initiatives has been Open Society Foundation Albania, which has supported AMI and other organizations in this field. Media Aktive Center implemented another major project in te period 2013-2105 – “Intensive Practice of Multimedia Journalism”. Under the project 90 students from journalism and other department came together, realizing start-ups of citizen journalism in the shape of blogs, YouTube channels and a WebRadio, and produced media content under supervision of media professionals. Through these courses it has been enabled the young people to become familiar with the nature of the job that takes place in a radio and television and have urged them to use digital tools for quality and influential products in society.
Bild des Benutzers Chiara Palazzetti
Hello from Italy, we, as FORMA.Azione srl, are currently running an ERASMUS + KA3 Project entitled IN-EDU "INclusive communities through Media literacy & Critical Thinking EDUcation"aimed at to reinforcing media literacy and critical thinking among students. The IN-EDU engagement programme, the main activity of the project, does this through interactive activities at local level that encourage action and participation from teachers, parents and families, and other stakeholders – thus increasing also their awareness, knowledge and competences on the subject. By working at local level the project intends to have an impact on the wider communities and play a part in preventing marginalization and countering inequality. After a first phase of key staleholders involvement through a preliminary mapping of them and in person meetings we are now in the phase of Training the trainers at Transational level to acquire skills and competencies to design an effective IN-EDu engagement programme. This is based on two pratices that have already proven to be effective in this fiedl: Training Positive Messengers, among school teachers and students to counter online hate speech and misinformation; Civic hackathons to engage a larger audience, civil society and citizens at large. More deails on the project website:
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... for this very interesting information!
As you will see in my most recent posting, I will stop moderating this discussion in less than half an hour - but I will make sure I take the time to access the link you sent and have a look at your project. And I hope all other discussion participants will do the same. It really sounds very interesting!
Bild des Benutzers Chiara Palazzetti
Thank you Graciela!
Sorry fo joining so late, but we are very much interested in the topic and willing to learn more and share information and results with other projects coordinator.
Bild des Benutzers Graciela Sbertoli
Dear discussion participants,

As previously announced, this discussion will no longer be moderated after 5 pm today. But the comment space will remain open for a few days and you are extremely welcome to add your contributions! 

Heartfelt thanks to all of you for your comments and for all the information you have contributed. We promise we will make good use of it!

See you around! 

Bild des Benutzers Françoise Chotro
Hello dear colleagues,
We are Aline, Françoise and Gabriela from Luxembourg. We are working together at the Ministry of Education in the adult education department as guidance counselors.
For us the most important challenge when teaching critical information and media literacy is to raise awareness towards the (safe) use of information and communication technologies. The question is how to contact adults that have a low level of proficiency in reading and writing in order to support them in acquiring competences in media literacy. The 2018 LEO Study found that adults with low literacy skills have a generally positive attitude towards continuing education. The most important reason for not participating in education activities was a lack of time due to work commitments or family obligations.
We are currently working on a learning center for adults. We have in mind to develop for example videos for a safer internet use for adults with a low level in reading.
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Safety first - that is a good slogan when focusing on Digital and Media Literacy. It would be wonderful if you could organize online courses on this theme for adults who are just starting to develop their digital competence, don't you think? The course could start with a face-to-face introduction of the tools to be used (smart phones?) and then set up a flexible program that the adults could follow from home... It would really be interesting to try this out!