Digital Information Literacy Programme for Schools: Knowledge Exchange Workshop

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Invitation for UK Sixth Form teachers to participate in a free online knowledge exchange workshop on political misinformation and digital information literacy at the University of Manchester

The Digital Information Literacy Programme for Schools project was launched at the University of Manchester in September 2020, and is led by Professor Rachel Gibson (Political Science). Our aim is to develop a resource for teachers that will increase their understanding of the dynamics behind online political misinformation and empower them to identify the teaching and learning opportunities for passing this understanding on to their Sixth Form students. 

The project is hosting a free online knowledge exchange workshop for practitioners, on the subject of political misinformation and digital information literacy in late October/early November. We anticipate that this will be a small but interactive event, held in late October or early November, via Zoom, and lasting a maximum of 2 hours (with a short break in the middle). 

The workshop will begin with a short presentation and Q&A session about online political misinformation and digital information literacy, highlighting some of the latest findings from social science research. We then plan to hold smaller breakout sessions, during which we would like to hear more about the participants' own experience and perception of student and teacher needs on this subject, in response to some guiding questions. There is no need for participants to prepare anything in advance, and we hope that the second part of the event will serve as a relaxed discussion about some of the key concerns that teachers have with respect to misinformation and digital information literacy, as well as the chance to share effective practice.

Ultimately, we hope that our workshop will help participants to increase their understanding of the dynamics of online misinformation and inspire them to explore some strategies for passing this understanding on to their students. In exchange, we hope to gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that teachers see with respect to boosting digital information literacy in the classroom. 

The event is open to practitioners from any subject, however, we anticipate that colleagues in the History/Politics/Media Studies/Citizenship/Library departments might be especially interested. 

 Places are limited, so we would encourage any practitioners who might be interested in joining this event to email dilpsworkshops@gmail.com as soon as possible, and also indicate their availability via this Doodle poll. (If none of the timings set out in the poll work, teachers are encouraged to indicate this in the comment section and suggest alternative times at which they might be available on some (or all) of the dates set out in the poll).