Critical Thinking in the Digital Age

Applications Open until 6th of May, 2024

Erasmus + defines as some of the main target the digital transformation and democracy values. How can we cope with information overload, where the internet is a melting pot of knowledge and ideas? Our students must acquire the ability to discern truth from misinformation an this is paramount. When we navigate the digital, the critical thinking and fact-checking emerges as our compass, guiding us through the complexities of this wonderful online world. Therefore critical thinking is at the heart of responsible information and informed decision-making. This is a tool that will enable people to analyzing information, height different perspectives, and mainly have a good access to the sources, and consider true false or misleading information in a digital world. Misinformation, can be shared unknowingly, and disinformation is deliberately spread to deceive, those are the biggest threats to public discourse in all areas of life and very important in terms of political manipulation, therefore a true enemy of democracy.

Higher Education Institutions play a pivotal role in nurturing critical thinking skills. Integrating media literacy and information evaluation into curricula give the students the tools to navigate the digital landscape responsibly. Critical thinking prompts individuals to verify information before sharing it. Fact-checking, determine the accuracy of the news. When individuals consistently engage with information critically and verify claims, they contribute to a culture where accuracy and reliability are valued. The rise of citizen journalism empowers individuals to participate actively in information dissemination. However, this newfound power comes with a responsibility to uphold journalistic integrity. Critical thinking skills guide citizen journalists in vetting their sources, ensuring their contributions align with ethical standards.

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