Fake & Real: a webinar series on Propaganda and Fake News

In 2017, BBC launched a special series on the grand challenges we face in the 21st Century. In this series, a panel of experts was asked to indicate what they believed were the biggest obstacles faced or to be faced by modern societies. Many of them mentioned “the breakdown of trusted sources of information” as one of the most urgent challenges. They argued that, while the need to be figure out which source of information is reliable has been constant throughout history, what magnifies the size of this challenge today is the sheer amount of available information, as well as how people access it. To this we should add the fact that, as Kevin Kelly (co-founder of Wired magazine and tech author) said to BBC in the 2017 series: “Truth is no longer dictated by authorities, but is networked by peers. For every fact there is a counter fact. All those counter facts and facts look identical online, which is confusing to most people”. And even when mistakes are spotted, “corrections do not spread very well” (Paul Resnick, University of Michigan).

This can be said for a variety of topics, including history, current affairs, or sensitive and controversial issues. Today, it is no longer only a matter of who is ‘right’ and who is ‘wrong’. It is first and foremost a matter of what is ‘fake’ and what is ‘real’.

Luckily, there are many resources and methodologies out there that can help us develop lesson plans that foster media literacy and critical thinking. During this webinar series, we will present some that we and the members of our community have tried, discussing with you their positive aspects, as well as potential pitfalls.

The Design of this Webinar Series

The webinar series will begin with a keynote lecture dedicated to defining fake news, propaganda, the relationship between the two. During the keynote, we will also discuss what is the impact of fake news
on students, and how we as educators can equip them with the tools necessary to navigate and evaluate the information they are exposed to.

The keynote will help us set the tone for the remaining sessions, and will be followed by two active workshops. In the first workshop, we will discuss how media content can be purposefully developed to manipulate the reader, and how we can help students spot manipulation and become resilient to it. In the second workshop, we will focus on how to help students deconstruct (historical) examples of propaganda, how it works, and what is its effect on society.

The webinar series will conclude with a fourth session, during which participants will have the possibility to discuss their own approaches to propaganda and fake news in the classroom. The fourth session will include also an official, festive, closing in the form of an educational game.

What will we learn?

During the webinar series, we will:

• Engage in a dialogue about Fake-News, Propaganda, and their impact on (history) education.
• Obtain a historical perspective to the notion of Fake in Europe.
• Share educational initiatives and equip teachers with ready-to-use material and methodologies which contribute in teaching media literacy and promoting students’ critical thinking.
• Discuss how to equip students with tools to help them navigate the stream of information they are constantly exposed to, become more resilient to the effects of propaganda, and grow into active citizens in the democratic space.
• Exchange innovative tools, methods, and professional knowledge with other educators in Europe and beyond.
• Introduce history and citizenship educators to the educational material developed by the House of European History, as well as available on Historiana.eu

 

How to register?

We will open registrations to this webinar series in early October.

Programme

We will be publishing the programme of the series as soon as possible.

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

A Resilient Promise: Teaching the Fragility of Democracy

“What are the challenges that democracy is facing today?”; “How can we deal with these challenges?”; “Why, regardless of them, is democracy worth fighting for?”. But, most importantly, how can we discuss these and more key questions about democracy with our students?.

As the world celebrates the International Day of Democracy on 15 September, we will kick off our webinar series on “A Resilient Promise: Teaching the Fragility of Democracy”. During 6 weeks of online events, we  will reflect not only on how to help our students learn about democracy, but also how they can contribute to making it more stable and safe.

The Design of this Webinar Series

The series will consist of five sessions. It will kick off with a keynote on the allure of authoritarianism and on modern populism, hosted by Prof. Takis S Pappas, which will help us set the tone for future sessions by putting us in touch with first-hand experience of individuals who were part of extremist groups in their youth, what appealed to them, and how did they decide to leave this path and promote democracy and
understanding. The keynote lecture will take place on 15 September 2021 at 17:00 (Amsterdam Time), and it will be followed by three active workshops. Each workshop will give participants practical advice and access to tools to promote:

Teachers as Changemakers: The webinar series will close with an interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to share the obstacles they encounter when talking about democracy in their classroom, and to discuss approaches on how to overcome these obstacles. This session is currently set to take place on 27 October 2021 at 17:00 (Amsterdam Time).

The dates are confirmed, and you can already register to this workshop by clicking on the button on the right!

What will we learn?

During the webinar series, we will:

  • Discuss how different generations may view democracy;
  • Discuss the role that expressing extreme viewpoints has in the classroom;
  • Discuss best practices for Teachers as Changemakers.;
  • Investigate the different democratic activities that are available for young people;
  • Be introduced to tips and tricks to lead debates involving contrasting points of view;
  • Discuss your experiences regarding the challenges that non-democratic systems pose for the future.

Registration is now open.

Participation Fees

Participation to the webinar series is free for all EuroClio Individual Members, as well as for Members of our Member Associations.

If you are not a Member, you can register to single sessions for a fee of 15 EUR, or register to the full series for 35 EUR.

Would you like to become an Individual Member? Register here.

Not sure if you would like to join the full series? Join our keynote lecture free of charge and take a peak at our work!

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

Dealing with the challenges of history teaching in an online and offline environment

The first Summer School for History Teachers organised by the Bulgarian History Teachers Association!

The first Summer School for History Teachers organized by the Bulgarian HTA took place in the end of July near
Razlog, a town and ski resort in South-Western Bulgaria (26-29 July 2021). The topic was “How to
make and use resources for history teaching in and online and offline environment”.

23 history educators from all across the country gathered together in person for the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic to reconnect, network, and discuss:

  • Modern trends in history teaching;
  • The ready-made teaching materials created within the project “Transition Dialogue 2019-2021. Dealing with change in democratic ways”, which promote a participatory approach to dealing with transition in post ‘89 Germany and Eastern Europe, with a clear focus on European Civic Education;
  • what is Historiana (www.historiana.eu) and how it can be used to develop (online) history lessons – including sessions on how to create one’s own online resource using the e-Activity Builder.
Participants to the First Summer School organised by the Bulgarian HTA.

Bridget Martin, a history teacher and member of the Historiana Teaching and Learning Team, joined the Summer school 2021. She hosted the training for Historiana. Teachers became familiar with the historical resources on Historiana, both in English and Bulgarian languages. Bridget presented the e-Activity Builder and guided educators in creating their own teaching materials in Historiana based on the use of images (photographs and posters). Bistra Stoimenova dealt with the highlighting tool of e-Activity Builder for written sources.

In the last day of the Summer school educators presented their e-learning activities on Bulgarian history of the Transition after 1989.

The event gave to participants a common space of dialogue where they could share their ideas, problems and solutions. An additional social and cultural program was a nice touch for participants to be more open and creative in their work.

Bistra Stoimenova discusses with participants their eLearning Activities

History teachers evaluated very highly the organization of the Summer school in their feedback. They expressed how the event was very useful for their professional development, as well as a great opportunity to network with colleagues from the country.

They expressed also a desire to make the Summer School in Bulgarian a regular appointment for local teachers and educators.

 

This article was written by Bistra Stoimenova, Bulgarian HTA

Active discussion groups on assessment and sharing of best practices

Closing Session hosted by the EuroClio Staff

During the last session, we will host separate breakout rooms on the four topics of the pre-recorded sessions. Participants will be able to join one or more rooms, to discuss their thoughts about the topic at hand. In the second half of the session, we will host a sharing of best assessment practices in the form of a virtual poster marketplace or speed dating exercise, depending on the amount of participants.

Participation Fee and Structure

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge. The webinar series will consist of three live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

The ethical implications of assessing values and attitudes

Keynote Lecture hosted by Prof. TAN Oon Seng – Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

During this session, hosted by Prof. TAN Oon Seng, we will focus on how to assess students’ values and attitudes, and on its ethical implications. In particular, we will be talking about assessing values and attitudes in the history classroom, both in theory and in practice.

The keynote lecture would be followed by a short Q&A and sharing session, with a question prepared to guide the conversation.

This session will take place, live, on zoom. To ensure the safety of the sharing space, we will not record this session.

Participation Fee and Structure

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge. The webinar series will consist of three live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

The use of rubrics and features of quality in assessment

Hosted by Anthony Malone and Majella Dempsey (Maynooth University)

In this session, we will focus on the use of rubrics. Anthony and Majella will introduce us to what kind of rubrics are available for teacher, how to design your own rubric, and how to use rubrics to assess each student in a way that fits their personal needs.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 11 August 2021.

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

Using the Council of Europe Competence Butterfly for assessment

Hosted by Ann-Laure Liéval (EuroClio Ambassador and Board Member) and Benny Christensen (EuroClio Ambassador)

In 2016, the Council of Europe issued the “Competences for Democratic Culture”, a document which highlights various competences and skills that we should help our students develop to be active and engaged citizens. This session will focus on how to use the “butterfly” (a visual organizer that shows what the Competences for Democratic Culture are) to design assessment.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 04 August 2021.

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

Improving the learning process with formative assessment

Hosted by Ute Ackermann Boeros (EuroClio Ambassador and Board Member).

Assessment is sometimes seen as a negative, and as judging, rather than a tool for development and improvement. This session will be focused on how to use assessment as a tool to improve the learning process. In addition, we will focus also on how to keep the assessment process open enough, so that students can understand the benefits? In other words, how to not treat formative assessment as a secret.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 28 July 2021.

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

Online formative assessment

Hosted by Sally Thorne (The Historical Association) and Simone Beale (co-founder of the History Teacher Book Club).

In the past year and a half, most of our teaching practice has been transferred online, including assessment. Despite the slow return to in-person teaching, it looks like online lessons and online assessment are here to stay. In this pre-recorded session, we will present some tools and practical tips and tricks to carry out online formative assessment.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 21 July 2021.

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

A EuroClio Webinar Series on Assessment

If there is one thing that we at EuroClio have learned during the past few years, it is that assessment is a rather complex and multifaceted part of (history and citizenship) education, and that not all teachers feel equipped for and comfortable to assess their students when it comes to formative assessment in the context of topics that might be controversial or sensitive for some of them (see, for example, the Needs Assessment carried out in 2017-2018 within the Learning to Disagree Project). At the same time, during the plenary workshop on assessment that took place in November 2020, all participants agreed that assessment is a key part of (history and citizenship) education.

Many things affect how assessment may be followed out, such as time constraints, diverse classrooms, online formats and the space left for skills and competences. How to carry out assessment in order to benefit the learning process of each individual student?

This webinar series, blending pre-recorded and live sessions, will try to tackle some of these topics, to kick-start a discussion on where we stand when it comes to assessment, and how we can develop new approaches to assessment that are better suited to fulfil not only our needs as educators, but also our students’ needs.

A very special blended format

The ‘Assessment’ webinar series consists of seven sessions, taking place in the summer of 2021, starting July 13 until August 25. The first session will be held live on zoom, followed by four pre-recorded, practical sessions which will be periodically uploaded on our Youtube page. Everything will be followed by a live keynote lecture and a live closing session, where participants will have the possibility to meet the speakers and to share their own experiences. The programme will open with a session on the relationship between creativity and assessment. During this session, we will also explore the connections between state exams and the creativity of students and teachers. During the following four pre-recorded sessions, assessment will be looked at from different perspectives, while providing tips and tricks for good practices.

Participants will be presented tools and methodologies to:

The pre-recorded sessions will be followed by a keynote lecture on the ethical implications of assessing values and attitudes. The keynote lecture will be hosted by Prof. TAN Oon Seng (Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD) at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). Followed by this, a short Q&A session will take place, as well as an opportunity for participants to share their initial thoughts and hopes about the coming sessions. 

The series will end with an live interactive session, where participants will discuss their thoughts about the dedicated sessions with their peers and the designated speakers. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their personal reflections, tips and insights on assessment. 

What will you learn?

During the webinar series, you will:

  • Understand the role that attitudes and values play in learning about historical events and how to consider these in assessment;
  • Investigate the tensions between central exams, curriculum constraints, and assessing skills and competences;
  • Exchange experiences and thoughts about victories and failures of assessment practices;
  • Learn about formative assessment as a way to update learning to promote positive development.

 

 

(1) In 2016, the Council of Europe issued the “Competences for Democratic Culture”, a document which highlights various competences and skills that we should help our students develop to be active and engaged citizens. The butterfly the “butterfly” is a visual organizer that shows what the Competences for Democratic Culture are.

By registering, you will be added to a mailing list which will receive the links to join the live sessions, as well as direct links, updates, and additional material (if applicable) every time a pre-recorded session is made available online.

Participation to this series is free of charge.

Contact us!

Do you want to know more about this webinar series? Do you have a great assessment method that you would like to share with your colleagues? Have you recently read a book / listened to a podcast about assessment, which you want to recommend to your colleagues?

Let us know by emailing us at secretariat@euroclio.eu!