• Posted 04-Jun-2021

Call for experts: Expert group on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training

On Monday 31 May 2021, the European Commission launched an open call for experts on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training.

Today’s rapidly evolving media and information landscape and the increasing number of online media platforms and information sources require all citizens to be confident, knowledgeable and critical in order to be able to navigate and thrive in modern digital society.

In times of crisis, challenges related to the spread of disinformation and harmful content are enhanced, putting a further strain on the functioning of our democracies and individuals’ well-being. 

Digital literacy and tackling disinformation have never been more important, calling for reinforced efforts across society to tackle these issues. Education and training has a crucial role to play in developing the required competences from an early age and throughout life. 

It is also essential for education and training practices to reflect and to launch open conversations about phenomena, including algorithms, ‘information bubbles’ and ‘echo chambers’, which may present particular issues in the digital sphere. 

Teachers and educators need to be further supported with guidance and examples of good practices concerning how to respond to the issue of disinformation and promoting digital literacy.  

To address these challenges, the Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) together with the Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) are setting up a group of experts on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training. 

The expert group will inform the work on one of the flagship initiatives of the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, namely the development of common guidelines for teachers and educators to promote digital literacy and to tackle disinformation through education and training (Action 7). 

What will the expert group do?

The group’s primary task will be to assist DG EAC and DG CNECT with the preparation of common guidelines for teachers and educators on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training. 

The members of the group will support cooperation and the exchange of information, expertise and best practices on these topics between the Commission and relevant stakeholders. 

They will also assist the Commission in identifying how education and training can best foster digital literacy and enhance critical thinking and engagement with information online. 

Who can apply?

The Commission is looking for nationals of European Union (EU) Member States or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries who are experts in areas relevant to tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy within the education and training context and have experience in drafting guidelines, recommendations or other policy documents in the field.

Applicants will ideally have demonstrable competences and experience in these fields, including at the European and/or international level.

Please consult the open call for expression of interest for detailed information on the application procedure and selection criteria. 

Applications, including all documents, should be submitted by email at [email protected]

The deadline for applications is 29 June 2021.

Background

With the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027), the Commission presented its strategic view on addressing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the long-term digital transformation of education and training systems. 

Under its second strategic priority – ‘enhancing digital skills and competences for the digital transition’, the Digital Education Action Plan seeks to promote digital literacy and to tackle disinformation through education and training by developing common guidelines for teachers and educators. 

The Digital Education Action Plan is a key initiative under the Commission’s European Education Area initiative, which outlines its vision for the future of education and training in the EU until 2025 and beyond.

Source: European Commission I Education and Training (https://bit.ly/3gcJidM)