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Critical digital and media literacy

15/08/2019
door 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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afbeelding van Graciela Sbertoli
Very nice to hear from you!

You are right that having access to the needed statistics and evidence is a success factor for any national policy on this field. But hasn't Belgium participated in PIAAC? There must be a way of finding out the level of digital competence of respondents that have answered they have low levels of qualifications? Check here: http://www.oecd.org/skills/piaac/publicdataandanalysis/

Thank you for the link! The seminar sounds extremely interesting!
afbeelding van Anita Apine
Back to discussion about real and fake news. It's so, in Latvia we trust the media. BUT! Year by year we learn more about this "new trend".  Well, in Latvia we trust the media. Many of us recognize ourselves as enthusiastic users of technology and skilful users of the latest media. But we also have doubts about knowledge regarding content, media principles and structure, and data security. If we also value our own media literacy then we have to admit that we may be good at media practice and media influence issues, but we are not always confident in our ability to recognize misinformation.
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afbeelding van Daina Jankalne
I'm Daina, a journalist and Latvian NSS expert for communications. I think the critical thinking unfortunately has become a very exclusive skill. People read rvery day plenty of texts on FB and web sites and do not have time or will to analyse what source the information is comming from. Then the best ways to show how actually adult persons should read new information using critical thinking are case studies. In Latvia there is "Re:Baltica"-a non profit organisation of investigative journalism. EPALE-Latvia used to republish an article about vocational education (https://epale.ec.europa.eu/lv/blog/pazudis-arodskola). Now we are translating in english an article about 5G internet (https://epale.ec.europa.eu/lv/blog/panika-par-5g-tiklu-ka-ta-radusies-un...) -step by step analyzing why the "facts" about "dangerous and unhealthy" 5G are fake.
(I don't know how the situation is in other countries, but in Latvia this is a big rumor and topic at the moment)
afbeelding van Graciela Sbertoli
It is so good to also have a journalist in the discussion group! You and your colleagues understand better than anybody to what extent information can be biased and untrustworthy - and how sources can be analyzed to make sure they are serious.

I don't speak Latvian, but the work "panika" is easy to understand! :-) No, I haven't heard about these rumours here in Norway. Maybe other discussion participants have?

We will be very thankful for any documentation you can translate to English!
afbeelding van Daina Jankalne
 Maybe this rumor depends on situation with developing 5G network in particular coutry...
In any case last year we also created our own webinar about critical digital thinking. Is still available in EPALE resources:  https://epale.ec.europa.eu/lv/resource-centre/content/epale-vebinars-par....
 I just realized --maybe it would be worth to transcript the main thesis and publish on EPALE as blog on lv and en 
afbeelding van Graciela Sbertoli
I will try to access some of the information with the help of Google :-)

Oh yes, please! Do write a blog about this, with English translation! Excellent idea!
afbeelding van Anita Apine
About training and information campaigns, digital skills training at national level in Latvia.
Digital Week 2019 in Latvia has been successfully concluded. Training and information  - in spring - have been going on in Latvia for several years. They were originally called "E-Skills Week", then "Digital Week". More than 28,000 people and entrepreneurs throughout Latvia have used the opportunity to learn the opportunities provided by information and communication technologies in Digital Week 2019, making Latvia one of the most active participants of the week for the tenth consecutive year. The Digital Week in Latvia was organized by the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) and its main partners Microsoft Latvia, Latvian State Radio and Television Center and Cultural Information Systems Center. The Digital Week was held throughout Latvia from 25 to 29 March and was part of the European Digital ALL 2019 campaign. In Latvia, 202 cities, regions and parishes were actively involved in organizing events. All in all, citizens and businesses had the opportunity to participate in 600 events with nearly 300 partners: ministries, government agencies, businesses, banks, schools and universities, libraries, municipal authorities and non-governmental organizations.on digital skills training at national level. Information from http://eprasmes.lv/ Digital Week 2019 in Latvia has been successfully concluded Training and information campaigns - in spring - have been going on in Latvia for several years. They were originally called "E-Skills Week", then "Digital Week". More than 28,000 people and entrepreneurs throughout Latvia have used the opportunity to learn the opportunities provided by information and communication technologies in Digital Week 2019, making Latvia one of the most active participants of the week for the tenth consecutive year. The Digital Week in Latvia was organized by the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) and its main partners Microsoft Latvia, Latvian State Radio and Television Center and Cultural Information Systems Center. The Digital Week was held throughout Latvia from 25 to 29 March and was part of the European Digital ALL 2019 campaign. In Latvia, 202 cities, regions and parishes were actively involved in organizing events. All in all, citizens and businesses had the opportunity to participate in 600 events with nearly 300 partners: ministries, government agencies, businesses, banks, schools and universities, libraries, municipal authorities and non-governmental organizations.

Information from Latvia: http://eprasmes.lv/ Information from Latvia: http://eprasmes.lv/
afbeelding van Graciela Sbertoli
This is exactly what we need, to be able to learn from each other: good information of what is happening in the country, as small case studies.
afbeelding van Donald Vogli
Answering to your invitation to share our experiences and good practices related to digital and media literacy, here is the contribution of Donald Vogli, Ambassador of EPALE NSS in Albania.

Thanks to the overall debate on media professionalism, especially ethics, there is a degree of reflection and discussion on media quality. The media professionals and academicians interviewed shared that the public has some knowledge and critical sense on media in Albania, but media literacy education would be very helpful in improving understanding of how media works and how the public should read it. “Citizens are aware that news, attitude and context that the media convey are biased, but it is also clear that the further the citizens are from the elites and the capital, the more difficult it is for them to understand why media is the way it is,” .The emergence of the new and social media is another driver for the introduction of media education in the curricula. “Part of the population, based on experience or intuition can make the difference between the reality constructed by media and the real life. However, this should not be left to chance and media education should be part of the curricula. This is even more urgent with the development of new media and Internet penetration, which has further complicated reading and understanding the massive messaging, in fact we should go from ‘media literacy to `communication literacy’. Apart from some initiatives of the civil society and the NGO sector there is no particular development or attempts to promote the concept of media literacy through events or to assess the needs and media literacy levels with studies and evaluations.