AUPEX: FOLK-HIGH-SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF EXTREMADURA for the second time was the regional partner for ALL DIGITAL Week.
This year, due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) crisis, AUPEX has contributed to the #alldigitalweek by adjusting the originally planned activities, modifying some of the actions to an online version and creating new ones that can be developed by only using the Internet.
In that sense, we have helped to promote media literacy by developing critical thinking, build trust in technology and enhance digital skills by helping people with an online service, and contributed to the enhancement of employability by developing skillsets for workforces affected by digital transformation.
We believe that now developing skillsets for the workforce affected by digital transformation is a priority. With that in mind side by side with different organizations working in the field of 3D printing training, in the frame of the Coronavirus Makers project, our 3D printers have participated in the fabrication of more than 1000 face shields to contribute to stopping corornavirus spread. Shields have been distributed to healthcare workers, those of citizen security and also workers from establishments that serve the public, such as supermarkets, bakeries or pharmacies.
For AUPEX, media literacy is a priority, and now more than ever, and based on all the hoaxes and disinformation poured into networks associated with the COVID-19 crisis, the main efforts have been to address the lack of critical thinking by using www.infopirina.org, providing resources to citizens so that, online and from home, they acquire knowledge and skills that promote a critical and reflective attitude.
Our e-facilitators are working remotely from home, providing online assistance in the use of technologies and motivating with digital tools. They have helped young people, adults with a low level of digital skills and other vulnerable groups to improve their digital skills, focusing on the priorities of the campaign.
We have also developed and run two webinars with more than 280 attendants about the importance of digital technologies to the world of gastronomy, analyzing the impact the new digital skills required by those professionals in the world of cooking. The webinar with Laura del Río, project coordinator at Maldito Bulo (Hoax) and Maldita.es, has given us many keys, tools and resources that help develop critical thinking and have shown us how disinformation affects democracy and has a big influence in science, health, business and social dynamics in both on and offline worlds.
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In addition, AUPEX continues training all e-facilitators with a 20-hour online course about Media and Information Literacy (MIL) because now it is essential to have the appropriate tools and skills to be able to access verified and truthful information and improve critical thinking skills to go step further as experts in the fight against disinformation.
Soon, we hope to be able to develop the face-to-face actions that we had prepared.
We wish you all and your loved ones serenity and health.
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