Module Four

Life on the net

The fourth module focuses on learning the characteristics of online human - human communication and information exchange through social networks, highlighting the roles AI plays in them. This module aims to equip educators and learners with the necessary tools to work towards digital wellbeing and healthy digital consumption. Concepts such as privacy, anonymity and confidentiality will be explored. Moreover, activities on this module will offer a broad understanding of the term ‘fake news’, training the skills to identify sources of knowledge and to exercise critical thinking. The module will include notions for respectful communication, exploring the concept of dangerous and hate speech online. In class, the trained teachers will be able to run activities such as analysing news from social networks, identifying reliable sources in fact-checking, debunking viral misinformation and analyse extracts from real-life chats taken from instant messaging platforms to understand language and communication patterns and countering hate.

Topic 4.1 - Knowledge on the web: disinformation, fake news, fact checking and critical thinking

This topic focuses on the role of AI technologies in the creation and dissemination of knowledge and information on the web. It addresses issues like information vs disinformation, reliable sources, fake news, fact checking and critical thinking. Its aim is to foster students’ ability to identify fake news and disinformation mechanisms and to respond to those adequately, i.e. according to the ethical principles explored in Module 3.

  • Activity 4.1.1 Identifying fake news

Topic 4.2 - Identifying and countering hate speech online

This topic focuses on communication through social media with attention towards the mediating role of AI technologies. It addresses the issue of identifying and countering hate speech online. It aims to support students in their daily use of social media by helping them to identify harmful practices/messages and to develop healthy and responsible online behaviours.

  • Activity 4.2.1 Identifying online hate speech

Topic 4.3 - Privacy, anonymity and confidentiality online

This topic focuses on the concepts of on-line anonymity, privacy and confidentiality as they are experienced by students. The topic outlines the difficulties of internet anonymity and shows to what extent actions of self-disclosure, or lack thereof, can affect people’s privacy online.

  • Activity 4.3.1. Anonymity and social behavior. Is anonymity still a chance?

  • Activity 4.3.2. Self-disclosure and privacy

Topic 4.4 - AI-related opportunities for participation and engagement (digital citizenship)

The aim of this Topic is to train students ability to engage, critically and competently in the digital world. Students will learn how the use of digital and AI technologies can impact not only everyday life but also participation and engagement at the societal level. The core of this module is centered around the notion of “Digital Citizenship” and how good online practices form a critically and competently engaged “Digital Citizen”.

  • Activity 4.4.1 Digital Glossary for participation and engagement

  • Activity 4.4.2. BINGO for Digital Citizens

  • Activity 4.4.3 Digital Passport

Training material

Webinar slides and recording

Feedback form
for Module

Focus group on content

Focus group on guidelines