What is Digital Citizenship Education?

The course helps teachers and other educators to understand the concept of digital citizenship and what it means for young learners to be digital citizens in today’s society.

It explains the aims and purposes of digital citizenship education and how you can integrate these into everyday practice with your learners. Working together with fellow professionals on real-life examples, you learn how to plan digital citizenship learning experiences that will engage and empower students to become active citizens in a world dominated by digital technology.

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This online course is organized by The European Wergeland Centre and the Council of Europe for those who want to learn more about digital citizenship. The course is aimed at school teams, but is also available for individual learning by teachers, teacher trainers and other educators.

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About the course

What is it?

First in a series of online courses, this is a 15-hour course designed to be taken individually or as a team. It focuses on the purposes of digital citizenship education, and how you can integrate it into everyday practice with your students.

What does it look like?

The course consists of short videos, individual tasks, and/or group work. By working on real-life examples, you will learn how to plan digital citizenship learning activities that will engage and empower students to become active citizens in a world dominated by digital technology.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for teachers and teacher trainers who are interested in helping young people make sense of their rights and responsibilities as digital citizens. To participate in the course, join it individually – or contact your fellow teachers and set up your team and learn together.

What will you learn?
At the end of the course you will:
► understand why it is important to talk about digital citizenship with your students;
► feel confident in your ability to deal with digital citizenship issues in your daily practice;
► have planned a customised digital citizenship learning activity ready to implement with learners.

You will also receive an official personal certificate of completion from the Council of Europe and the European Wergeland Center.

How will you learn?

The course is designed for group learning; however, you can take a course individually and complete the activities “recommended for group work” alone. If you choose to take the course as a team, it does not mean that everyone must be at their computers simultaneously. It just means that you will need to accomplish certain tasks together as a group – online or face-to-face, you decide. A conference tool is integrated into the platform to help you meet online.

Why we encourage to take the course as a team?

If you decide to take the course together with your fellows, sharing of experiences and working together can lead to richer and more long-lasting outcomes. Group work is a powerful tool for getting better results in a professional training.

Authors and experts of the course:
Andriy Donets – instructional designer, teacher educator, and youth trainer in education for democratic citizenship and human rights.
Ted Huddleston – international consultant in citizenship and civic education, and an associate of Young Citizens (UK).
Oksana Pasichnyk – ICT teacher, instructional designer, and expert in Digital Citizenship Education.
Olena Styslavska – teacher educator and international consultant in democratic citizenship, human rights, and intercultural education.
Angelos Vallianatos – specialist in intercultural education in Greece and abroad, as well as in radio and television production in England.