Free Online Training on Digital Competences

Digital Competences and Critical Thinking - Solutions for Adult Education

Never before has access to knowledge been as easy as it is today, and never before has it been possible for so many people to inform themselves comprehensively. But simultaneously with this democratisation of knowledge, a danger has also emerged that threatens to permanently infiltrate and damage our societies. In a time when everyone can be not only a receiver but also a sender of news, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish serious from dubious news. The flourishing of conspiracy theories in the current Corona pandemic is a frightening example of the subversive power of fake news and disinformation campaigns.

» Adult education plays an important role in the building of resilience for our societies. «

In a series of events, we want to discuss, together with you, various aspects of this situation with renowned experts and discover possible solutions that we can implement in our adult education practice. On five consecutive afternoons, we will examine the most important aspects that we have discovered in our European project group. The international approach is particularly enlightening, because similarities and differences will help us to be aware of our own situation, but also offer the possibility to learn from each other. Registration for the individual events as well as for the whole series is free of charge until two days before the respective event. All partners involved will be happy to answer any questions. Participants from other countries and organisations are welcome. Each event starts at 15:00 CET and lasts two hours.

Online-Training Topics and Dates

Critical Thinking as a competence for 21st century

Together with communication, creativity and collaboration, critical thinking is one of the four central competencies (4C’s) for the 21st century. In this workshop, the importance of critical thinking within the systematics of the 4C’s will be elaborated. Because what is meant is not the ability to criticize, but the competence to question and to think independently. For adult education it is a challenge to implement critical thinking in learning offers. We want to discuss how this can be done using examples of good practice and jointly develop ideas for integrating critical thinking into learning opportunities.


Speaker Dörte Stahl

Ms. Doerte Stahl

Dörte Stahl is an adult educator with a focus on social media and digitalization of learning processes. In both fields, she has been working on the issue of integrating 4C’s in learning scenarios for several years. In addition, she is an ambassador for EPALE (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe).

Monday, 17.05.2021


Cyber safety and digital competences

Ms. Vreča will talk about the basic digital skills we need to keep safe online - from digital hygiene to strong passwords. She will also talk about internet media literacy - what needs to be known and understood when using digital media. We will learn about:

  • the phenomenon of the Filter Bubble and its impact on us and on our societies and we should also understand how the algorithms choose "our" content for us
  • how "big data" is being used and abused. There has been a lot of media coverage in the last year about the Fake news and Conspiracy theories - do we know why is this such an important topic?
  • some tips and tricks on how to check the authenticity of the online contents
  • what makes our digital footprint and how to control it and to maintain our privacy on the internet,
  • why online privacy is so important for all of us.

No technological solution alone can protect us from the misuse of technology. We, the users are the weakest link of the Internet and fraudsters take advantage of this, so we will learn some basic skills to avoid becoming a fraud victim.


Maja Vreča

Ms. Maja Vreča

Maja Vreča has been employed at the Academic and Research Network of Slovenia (ARNES) since 1995. All this time she has been dealing with users of the Internet. In recent years her focus has shifted mainly to spreading knowledge in the field of safe use of new technologies. She is preparing and managing the Internet safety and security Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers and parents and preparing the Internet safety and security MOOC for children. She prepares videos, writes articles and conducts thematic lectures and workshops for a wide variety of audiences. She is also a long-term partner in the Center for Safer Internet -SAFE.SI project.

Tuesday, 18.05.2021


Online harassment – and how to combat it

In her lecture, Vehkoo talks about what online harassment is and who is being targeted with it. She will talk about the perpetrators and help you recognise the tactics they use. You will learn how to protect yourself and others against online hate.


Johanna Vehkoo

Ms. Johanna Vehkoo

Johanna Vehkoo is a Finnish freelance journalist and author of four non-fiction books. Vehkoo is specialised in misinformation, fact-checking, and online hate. She writes about misinformation for the Finnish public broadcaster YLE.
In her lecture, Vehkoo talks about what online harassment is and who is being targeted with it. She will talk about the perpetrators and help you recognise the tactics they use. You will learn how to protect yourself and others against online hate.

Vehkoo herself has been targeted by the Finnish far right and she has fought for her freedom of speech in court.

Vehkoo has studied fact-checking at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, and journalism at the Reuters Institute in Oxford. Vehkoo has been awarded for promoting openness in society by Finnish investigative journalism and freedom of speech associations. She is a founder of the investigative journalism startup Long Play and president at the Feminist Think Tank Hattu.

Wednesday, 19.05.2021


Hybrid war, international interference using social media

Hybrid Warfare is, at first glance, a new way of warfare, but has been going on for many years. An old saying tells that everything is possible in war. Thus the Hybrid Warfare perfectly reflects this. All elements of national power, like diplomacy, information, military, and economic might be employed during the Hybrid Warfare. Social Media is one of the best tool in the Hybrid Warfare “toolbox” and might be used for different purposes. However, the ultimate goal is to influence defined Target Audiences: to change attitudes, perception, values, and even behaviour. We all might be the Target Audience of the Hybrid Warfare. Thus our resilience is more relevant than ever.
The training topics:

  • Why Hybrid Warfare
  • The “Weaponisation” of Social Media
  • Russia and Daesh approach
  • Tactics and Techniques
  • Resilience


Darius Remeika

Mr. Darius Remeika

Darius Remeika, Senior Specialist at Information Operations Section at Strategic Communication Department. Expertise and competences include developing information operations campaigns, strategies and objectives, coordinating information activities, non-kinetic operations.

Thursday, 20.05.2021


Fake news, Disinformation, Media Literacy, Propaganda

Mathias Cederholm will discuss the Infodemic , i.e. the storm of misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic, from the experiences in a social learning group on media literacy. An important framework will be the model Information Disorder, from First Draft/Council of Europe.


Mathias Cederholm

Mr. Mathias Cederholm

Researcher, educator and consultant in media- and information literacy (MIL), disinformation/propaganda analysis and critical thinking, at Alle fonti HB. Recurrent guest lecturer at Lund university etc.

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Friday, 21.05.2021


Martin Elbeshausen


If you are interested to participate in our Free Online-Training on Digital Competences please fill in the online application form. You are able to select in which lecture(s) do you want to take part in. A registration confirmation and a link to the event will be sent to you then by e-mail.

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