DICIPASS C1: e-Learning Platform for Digital Citizenship Piloted // Short-Term Staff Training

Digital Citizenship Technology has fundamentally changed our ideas of community and the ways we interact with each other. Building networks for learning and support is paramount like never before.

Recognising this, a key output of the DICIPASS project is our e-Learning Platform, which provides young people with an accessible course, produced by experts, on a broad range of digital citizenship topics, and also provides educators with the space to create their own online courses.

Interested in exploring Digital Law & Copyright, Digital Health and Wellbeing, Digital Security & Safety, and more? Explore our e-Learning platform to stay equipped at Dicipass.eu!

Our Short-Term Staff Training

All in all, we had as many as 25 participants (including youth workers, trainers, and project managers) from all over Europe, who exchanged best practices throughout the week. Many thanks to our consortium of partners for making this possible!

Our Modules:

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Day 1 of the Short-Term Joint Staff Training featured a module on Digital Access. Exploring the barriers which exist between different groups and the digital world, we debated hypothetical scenarios and concluded that the barriers which make up the digital divide are intersectional; based on age, geography, gender, socio-economic settings, access to education, and more; recognising that education and access to digital tools are the building blocks of equality.

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During the session on Digital Rights & Responsibility we explored the role of a wide range of stakeholders in creating a just digital landscape. Using videos and collaborative online tools, we explored and debated the complex debate around the different and interdependent digital rights and responsibilities of individuals, states, platforms, and other stakeholders.

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Looking at digital etiquette, we considered the tools and techniques which can help us navigate fake news and misinformation online. Using online games, we saw the way social media and misinformation can be weaponised, and debated how we can make sure we are not participating in the spread of misinformation online.

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Online games, social media, memes – what kind of impact it all leaves on us? This question was raised during the session on Digital Communication. In order to answer, the participants immersed themselves in the digital realm and became virtual avatars.

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We explored the legal frameworks which regulate intellectual property rights in the digital age. From copyright infringement to plagiarism, what are the risks and opportunities for the exchange of information that new technology allows? We didn’t just explore what the law is but debated what the law should be. Being a digital citizen involves more than just knowing the law, it means being critical and constructive about the role the law should play in safeguarding vulnerable populations while enabling the free flow of information, considering the new technologies which have enabled rapid and easy sharing of information.

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We all know what fake news is? Or do we? And where is the line between fake news, misleading news, satire, and real news? What are the media literacy tools and digital literacy tools we need to identify and process quality information? We explored all this and more using digital games and videos, and even had our participants try to make some fake, misleading, clickbait, and real news articles of their own!

Digital Citizenship, we have mentioned it a lot during the C1 training? But what are its elements and when did the concept emerge? In this session we were talked through the adoption of the framework for Digital Citizenship at the European Union level, and how it maps a holistic and comprehensive vision of the competences and knowledge needed to navigate the online world as a digital citizen.

You wouldn’t accept a stranger snooping in your house, so why do we accept their presence in our computers and software? What steps can we take to safeguard our privacy in our computers? Our trainer walked us through the process of finding free and open source alternatives to all the essential software we use daily; from work processing, to sound mixing, to web browsing. We also installed browser extensions to prevent unwanted tracking of our online behaviour (check our uBlock Origin and CookieAutoDelete!)

What are the signs and risks of Phishing attacks online? After examining many different examples of phishing attacks (check where the link URL is going to take you, and keep an eye out for spoofing email addresses!), participants made a series of posters to educate vulnerable populations on how to shop safely online.   

Technology is all around us and has taken a leading role in our professional and social lives (even before the pandemic) and it is here to stay. How can we ensure that we are engaging with this technology in a healthy, balanced, and productive way? We explored how the diverse set of social media and digital tools we engage with can play positive and negative roles in our lives; concluding that we need to practice moderation and approach these technologies as a tool to benefit our lives, not as a substitute for our lives. 

The DICIPASS project is funded as a KA2 Strategic Partnership under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ program.

P.S: Looking for more Digital Citizenship Content? Check out the begining of the DICIPASS Podcast Series: Robert Nesirky and Natalia González from CGE-Erfurt discuss the production of the e-learning module on the intersection of Digital Rights and Responsibilities and Digital Citizenship among young people. Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/…/dicipass-podcasts-digital…


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