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European Comission, October 2020 – August 2023

Fakespotting was implementing brand new tools for the innovation of the higher education and adult education field, allowing the deployment of original digital and information literacy contents, assessments and toolkits tackling skills mismatches to prepare students for jobs where shortages exist or are emerging.

Main objectives:

  • Updating HE Teachers skills and curricula on digital information and media literacy enhancing collaborative learning, digital and ICT provision in HEIs’ learning delivery.
  • Training of academics in new and innovative pedagogies fostering: 21st century skills provision tying higher education and labour market needs, acquisition of innovative assessment methods and tools for skills recognition and promotion;
  • Tackling future skills mismatches matching HE students skills with emerging labour market needs and improve female participation in ICT;
  • Enhancing the provision of digital competences for unemployed adults and adult educators;
  • HEIs coordination with HEIs from candidates countries to develop common educational frameworks in digital education as recommended by “European Higher Education in the world”.

Activities & Outputs

By implementing researches, surveys and interviews within the labour market, one international training, 5 TPMs, 9 local pilots providing innovative digital literacy skills to 150 HE students, 50 HE teachers, 40 unemployed adults and 8 external adult education organisations and, in the end, promoting the results through 8 Multiplier Events and a wide online dissemination, the project realised the following outputs:

1. Web-based Learning on Information, Media Literacy and Fact-Checking

The web based learning is an OER for higher education institutions in order to deploy and delivery innovative and updated digital information and media literacy resources.
The OER ensures two innovative features: delivery methods and contents.
The tool can be both implemented live with the assistance of a teacher/educator and offline as a free resource available for teachers, students, educators and adults.
Contents are designed to impact both on learners and educators in line with the DigComp 2.1, in particular:
1.1 Browsing, searching and filtering data, information and digital content
1.2 Evaluating data, information and digital content

2. Toolkit on Fact-Checking Methodologies Related to Labour Market Needs and Methods to Include Digital Skills in Academic Programmes and Recognition Tools

The Toolkit embraces a competency framework listing core competences necessary for successfully delivering Digital Information, Media Literacy and Fact-Checking competences to low-skilled adults.
The key element of innovation is to link HEIs and labour market digital skills demands.
All the methodologies, pedagogies and assessment criteria were root out from real labour environments that requires digital competences (journalism, fact-checking organisations, social NGOs), and transferred into the HE educational environment through the involvement of e-portfolio, in order to let HE teachers in early stage career and the students ensure the fostering and acquisition of 21st Century skills.


3. Guideline on Media and Information Literacy and National Online Disinformation Case-Studies

The Guideline on Media and Information Literacy is an Open Educational Resource made to ensure
the transferability of digital methodologies and non-formal activities within HEIs’ and adults’
education. It also provides real case studies and national meaningful examples in order to get citizens aware of online disinformation dangerous consequences.
The Output provided
– A brand new methodology tackling an actual and concurrent issue as the spread of online fake news extremely urgent for young people and teachers they are teaching to.
– The efforts and measures of EU offices to tackle the issue
– The transferability of the tools developed and the adaptability of the activities in HE and adult context.


4. Digital Assessment Tool Fostering Tracking Methodologies of Students’ Skills Improvements in HEIs

The digital assessment tool is an OER tailor-made to evaluate HE students and young adults on their capacity to spot fake news, to trace back to the source of information, to understand the info spread processes and the eventual reasons for misleading the reader. The output is digital as it is based on real fake news and research simulations.
The tool is  designed in a step-by-step path from the most common interactions between e-users and browsers/social networks to sophisticated challenges in web-researching.
Moreover the tool will foresees questions, interactive simulations, examples and case studies.
The use of these tools, along with a practical understanding of phenomena like confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, backfire effect, and echo chambers, which play a pivotal role in the dissemination of fake news, will be very innovative and effective for teachers and students.


  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna [IT] (Coordinator)
  • Fundacion Universidad Loyola de Andalucia [ES]
  • Globsec [SK]
  • International Counsulting and Mobility Agency [ES]
  • Novosadska Novinarska Skola [RS]
  • Pagella Politica [IT]
  • South East European University Tetovo [NMK]
  • Univerzita Mateja Bela V Banskey Bystrici [SK]
  • Universiteti i Tiranes [AL]



This project has been funded with support from the European Comission. Outputs and outcomes produced on the project are responsibility of the authors and partnership organisations, and the Commition cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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