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Register for the SELMA Hacking hate MOOC!

Registration for the SELMA Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Hacking hate – How to empower young people to understand and disrupt online hate” is now open. Starting on 16 September 2019, it will target teachers, school leaders, social and youth workers, parents and anyone interested in the topic.

Online hate speech is a growing problem. Because of it, young people often experience the internet to be a hostile space. Parents, teachers and everyone educating young people must be aware of the negative effects online hate can have on individuals, groups and society in general.

The good news is that everyone can join the ‘Hacking hate’ MOOC to bring a proactive response to this challenge and hack hate online. In this free online course, participants will learn more about the phenomenon of online hate, find ways to empower young people to counter online hate speech and become change-makers, and discover the benefits of introducing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom.

The course will enable participants to give young people the keys to understand online hate in the three ecosystems in which they find themselves:

  • The self – How does online hate speech affect me emotionally?
  • Peer groups – What are the group dynamics in relation to online hate speech and how can I influence these to effect positive outcomes?
  • Society – What are the wider societal issues around online hate speech and what can I do to change things for the better?

Active learning, discussions and live events

The MOOC lasts four weeks, with some additional time to finish the tasks, which makes a total time of five weeks and a half. At a pace of one module per week, participants will learn and discuss the following issues:

  • Module 1 – Online hate and myself. The first module introduces the SEL approach and defines the topic of online hate speech. Moreover, participants will learn how to use a learning diary and will get a training on usage of Twitter for professional purposes.
  • Module 2 – Online hate in your social life. Participants will explore online hate occurring in social groups and discover ways to develop strategies to come into action.
  • Module 3 – Online hate in the digital society. This module focuses on the wider aspects of online hate, taking place in the digital society and more precisely in social networks.
  • Module 4 – Disrupt online hate. In this module participants will be invited to come into action in their personal context to disrupt online hate.

Throughout the learning journey, participants  will have the chance to exchange views with experts, discover how to use the SELMA Toolkit, discuss activities for their  classroom and the whole school community, and become part of a wider community committed to disrupt hate online. In addition, participants will be able to join live events, such as a webinar, a Twitter chat, an expert talk and a Teachmeet.

Find more information and register at the European Schoolnet Academy website.

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