YouCheck! will fill in various gaps and needs as identified in the current context:
- Enhance and promote the dual need for fact-checking and Media Literacy implementation (with attendant materials, tutorials and gamification) to foster digital citizenship
- Train teachers (and not just students), which should enhance sustainability and scalability of YouCheck!
- Provide an enhanced InVID YouCheck! experience will facilitate easy access and intuitive user-friendly use of fact-checking as an everyday experience and a Do-It-Yourself practice
- Raise awareness about the role of images and videos in information manipulation and give easy to handle image-checking tools to verify daily information
- Support the independence of research, as it builds on two EU funded projects (InVID and ECO learning) and is conducted by partners involved in public research and development, with a specific focus on visual literacy that is currently understudied and under-researched in the field of media literacy
- Scale- up of a validated toolbox via online and offline dissemination strategies.
YouCheck! proposes to capitalize on two previous European-funded projects:
1) InVID (AFP) has developed a proven application for verifying information, especially in the much less covered field of visual fakes (video and photography) in media literacy (ML). The InVID plugin is now maintained and enhanced with new features by AFP Medialab within a new Horizon 2020 funded project, WeVerify.
2) ECO Learning has developed the community-oriented Social MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), funded by EU programme CIF (Competitiveness and Innovation), with a focus on digital competences and media literacy. Since its finalization, it has become ECO DIGITAL LEARNING, a platform supported by UNED for continuous development of digital innovation in education.
YouCheck! aims at adapting this verification toolkit to media literacy (ML) and at spreading the critical competences of fact-checkers to the classroom and to the public at large, to the society and to the classroom with strategies and pedagogical procedures more largely applied to ML via the open platform ECO DIGITAL LEARNING. This process will enable citizens, teachers and students to become familiar with fact-checking tools and to create an online community where such practices will be maintained. The purpose is to provide ML tools that help to tackle the challenges of everyday life and practice.
In close consultation with researchers and teachers, YouCheck! will test the impact of transferring InVID-WeVerify plug-in in the classroom and among the public at large, so as to construct and evaluate materials addressing topics related to disinformation and human rights. Main fields of action are:
a) the design of the InVID-WeVerify free verification plug-in adaptation to ML
b) the facilitation and assistance to the exploration of the InVID-WeVerify plug-in by teachers in classrooms with pedagogical scenarios, to encourage them to create ML projects
c) the co-design and co-creation of self-paced tutorials to help the public at large use YouCheck!, for exerting their critical thinking and digital citizenship
d) the evaluation of the efficiency of the materials of YouCheck! to raise the level of media literacy
e) the systematic provision of Media Literacy competences (skills, attitudes, knowledge and values)
f) the supply of a self-evaluation tool via gamification (quiz) to empower and provide agency to users in their everyday experience
Divina Frau-Meigs is a professor of media sociology at Sorbonne Nouvelle University.
She is president of Savoir*Devenir, an NGO buttressed on the UNESCO chair “Savoir Devenir dans le développement numérique durable: maîtriser les cultures de l’information”.
She is also co-chair of the European Chapter of the Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) and coordinator of EUDIMIL, the European Network of Researchers in Digital Media and Information Literacy.
She has been responsible for various research projects at French and International level TRANSLIT (ANR), ECO (EU CIP), ECFOLI (ERASMUS+). Between 2013-15, she was director of CLEMI (the French Center for Media and Information Literacy) at the Ministry of Education.
Thomas Nygren is Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Uppsala University.
His research interests focus on media literacy, the digital impact on education, critical thinking and human rights education. His previous research, conducted also at Umeå University and Stanford University, has been published in books and journals of media studies, education, and digital humanities.
He is currently Primary Investigator and Project Leader of the national project «The News Evaluator» where he, together with researchers, designers and thousands of teenagers, study the credibility of digital news feeds. The project is partly financed by Vinnova and is a collaboration with VA (Public & Science) and Rise interactive. The News Evaluator is a digital tool and a database to better understand today’s news feeds in digital media. This project also focus on the design of evidence-based tools for teaching and learning digital civic literacy.
Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Denis Teyssou is leading AFP Medialab where he has been working many years on information verification and on building innovative tools for journalists.
Denis is a journalist with a background in informatics and innovation management (from CNAM institute in Paris). He has participated in a dozen of French and European funded projects in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). He is currently the innovation manager of the Horizon 2020 project WeVerify (after being innovation manager of the previous InVID project on video verification; 2016-2018).
Within the InVID project, he launched the eponym verification plug-in which has attracted some 16000 users from 184 countries including the main media brands and fact-checking operations around the World.
He is also a member of the board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation launched by the World Association of Newspapers and Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
Sara Osuna Acedo
Sara Osuna Acedo is a Doctor in Philosophy and Education Sciences by UNED since 2004.
She is a Communication and Education professor at UNED, specialized on digital technologies, educommunicative models and virtual teaching. She has collaborated with various European and Latin American universities, on a number of projects launched by collaborative learning and Educommunicative models. Her current research lines are MOOCs (sMOOC y tMOOC), media convergence, digital scenarios, disability and inclusive design, digital learning and social media.
She coordinated 21 partners from nine countries at European Project ECO “E-learning, Communication and Open-data: Mobile, Massive and Ubiquitous Learning”, from February 1st, 2014 until January 31st, 2017.
National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)
Alina Bârgăoanu, Professor
Visiting Scholar at Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Jean Monnet Chair and Dean of the College of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
President of the European Institute of Romania and member of the High-Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation, European Commission.
Research interests: East-West divide in the European Union, Transatlantic relation, digital disinformation, communication and the European public sphere.