Media Literacy | True or False, what do you believe?


792 participants | 491 forms completed

debates | webinar | interaction

MEDIA LITERACY

AUPEX | True or False?

The achievement of media literacy is not only a challenge but an opportunity for all organisations that work for the enhancement of the digital skills among citizens.

 Our experience after the ALL DIGITAL Week shows us that citizens are expecting/waiting for this kind of training. They find it really attractive since they can understand how disinformation can affect their daily life.


We created a form with fake job offers, confusing ads and headlines and controversial information with a feedback that they receive once it's completed. This activity has had a very positive feedback from users.

This form generated very interesting results out of 500 participants across the region:

While more than 80% think that fake news may have important consequences in their daily life, only 46% use fact checking websites.

A high percentage of participants considered fake some true news, such as job offers, scientific news, ads, even though they could use fact checking websites while completing the form and the information is easily verifiable.

The debates about disinformation and fake news have been surprisingly positive and users have asked for further training actions on that matter, since they understand that this is an important issue that may affect their lifes.

Methodology

Presentation

A presentation about Fake News ran the 2 hour sesions, which start with an introduction about the All Digital Week, some data and some media-literacy-related concepts such as information, disinformation, postruth, fake news, fact-checking websites… and an interesteting report about impact of fake news in Spain that can be found here:

https://d3vjcwm65af87t.cloudfront.net/novacdn/EstudioPescanova.pdf

Tips

During the presentations, e-facilitators showed different ways to verify the information we receive, with examples of fake news, job offers and scams with tips that will allow users to identify them.

Form

After the presentation, participants completed a form where they were asked to answer whether some informations are true or false. The value of this form comes once they complete it and check the results, where every information is explained and directed to the correct resource, showing participants how to verify news and job offers in further occasions.

Link to the form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkxlWzaKgA5VVm5mHop5T0jT3HJBrFs5PRhk_I5_L0USqrvg/viewform

 

Debate

The most interesting part of the activity is the debate created after the form. Not just because of the news included in the form, but with the experiences that most of users have had or heard on TV.

Webinar

To complete the action to face Fake News and disinformation, we organised a Webinar with the president of the Platform for the Defence of Free Expression and member of the International Press Institute, Virginia Pérez Alonso. The Webinar was attendend by over 100 participants in different centres across the region, whose questions where asked in Twitter with the hashtags #EncuentrosTIC and #AllDigitalWeek.

Learning outcomes

  • Development of critical thinking in digital enviroments.

  • Share personal experiences and identifying a common challenges.

  • Overview of the attitude of the community reflected with the results of the form.

  • Identifying training needs and good practices for further actions in the field of media literacy.

  • Interaction among participants, e-facilitators and professionals.

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