ABOUT THE TRAINING
At All Together Now, we acknowledge that dealing with the complex intersections of misinformation, technology and hate is not easy and can be overwhelming. Where other programs and interventions fall short and simply try to increase media and internet literacy, our new Challenging Hateful Misinformation Training goes beyond.
This training is specifically designed for Australian educators. You’ll learn how to recognise and deal with divisive and hateful narratives, ideas, stereotypes and codes from the ground up. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the relationship between misinformation, racism and other forms of hate. By the end of this training, you’ll be more confident to teach about controversial issues in the classroom and gain a variety of practical skills (racial and intersectional literacy strategies) to unpack and challenge conspiracy theories and fake news with your students.
Come dive into our 5-hour interactive and activity-based virtual learning and walk away with practical insights to implement into your daily practice working with young people.
Secure your spot on 8 November, to enhance your skills and empower others to identify and respond to hateful conspiracy theories and fake news.
- The training on 8 November is open exclusively to Australian educators and professionals working in secondary or tertiary education.
- We are currently also finalising programs and resources open for people working in the non-educational sector, as well as parents and caregivers. If you would like to keep up to date with these new programs and resources, please contact us via the form!
For more information about the training or tailored programs for your team or organisation, please get in touch via the form below.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT
5-hour evidence-based training program (excluding breaks) delivered on Zoom.
Interactive and activity-based online training delivered by two expert ATN facilitators.
Including workbook, practical toolkits, activities (micro-lessons) and more.
Safe Learning Environment
Share your experiences and concerns with your peers. Learn from each other and ATN experts.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
LEARN COMPLEX IDEAS IN AN EASY WAY
- Learn about the different types of fake news, misinformation and disinformation
- Build an understanding of the nature and features of conspiracy theories, including our cognitive vulnerabilities. Why are they so successful?
- Understand the link between misinformation, fear and anxiety. Why do conspiracy theories flourish in times of social crisis? And who gets blamed?
- Build a deep understanding of the relationship between misinformation, racism and other forms of hate.
PRACTICAL & EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES
- Learn about practices you can put into place to teach about controversial issues in the classroom appropriately.
- Deploy a variety of practical strategies in order to unpack and challenge conspiracy theories and fake news with your students, including fun activities and interactive games.
- Deploy racial and intersectional literacy strategies in appropriate contexts and at appropriate times to address hateful fake news and conspiracy theories with your students.
- Learn about the impact of technology and AI & what you can do.
SEE WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS SAY…
I didn’t know what to expect today, but it exceeded any expectations I may have had. I found it so fascinating and relevant. It’s a topic/training that is so relevant to many sectors. I believe many workplaces could benefit from this training, not only teachers and for personal development.
Elizabeth Ellingworth, TAFE NSW
[The workshops helped me] understand the reasons people create fake news and the difference between fake news and conspiracy theories.
The information was very relevant and reflected the training overview, that caught my attention.
Natalie Hull, TAFE DIGITAL
You all have a lovely energy about you.
I can see you are all very passionate about this… Great job!
It’s a great interactive workshop, which prevents people hiding behind their screens.
Participant, TAFE NSW
The workshop is great. It’s allowing people to find the language and tools, to manage difficult conversations.
It’s giving people the confidence, and permission to share an opinion that is based on evidence, not myths/conspiracies.
Why choose our training?
Over the last years ATN has built up a lot of experience designing innovative projects addressing online hate, racism, far-right extremism, fake news and conspiracy theories. This program builds on this expertise.
The program specifically builds on the results of our NSW government-funded Agent C project. Agent C is a co-designed training program with and for young people in NSW aimed at challenging hateful conspiracy theories and fake news. An independent evaluation of the program found that Agent C has been “a highly impactful project (…) delivering highly topical and applied content in an engaging way”.
At All Together Now, we acknowledge that dealing with the complex intersections of hate, misinformation and technology is not easy and can be overwhelming, especially for parents, caregivers, educators and other frontline workers.
Masked as sensationalist “news”, all-revealing “truths” or seemingly credible “facts”, online hate these days is often communicated in subtle and casual ways in the form of highly curated and tech-enabled mis/disinformation.
Where other programs and interventions fall short and simply try to increase media and internet literacy, our program goes further, building the skills of participants to recognise and deal with divisive and hateful narratives, ideas, stereotypes and codes from the ground up. We have incorporated methodologies and approaches aimed at enhancing racial and intersectional literacy, resulting in a unique, nuanced and comprehensive training program that builds core skills and capacity for its participants to deal with the complex intersection of online misinformation and hate in an increasingly AI-powered world.
Why this training is important?
Research shows that people are increasingly vulnerable to engaging with divisive online misinformation and disinformation (mis/disinformation). This includes hateful fake news and conspiracy theories and other deliberately misleading content spread via social media. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) and its increasingly broad application, including AI-generated deepfake videos that can fuel online misinformation and hate, the challenges have only increased.
As active users of digital technologies, children and young people navigate and process huge amounts of content every day. This content may include divisive and hateful mis/disinformation spread by organised groups, bots or troll factories, or simply pushed onto their personalised news feeds by skewed algorithms.
Engagement with online misinformation negatively impacts young people’s mental health. This can have serious consequences including radicalisation, disengagement from school or in the classroom, a disconnect from friends, family and other social connections, and experiencing/perpetrating bullying.
In response, All Together Now is developing training programs aimed at empowering young people to critically engage with online mis/disinformation. Part of this work involves enhancing the skills of teachers, educators, frontline workers, parents and caregivers to better recognise mis/disinformation and to respond to young people who are engaging with it.
Who is the training for?
This training is specifically designed for Australian educators working in secondary education as well as in tertiary education. This includes teachers/lecturers, school counselors, principals and assistant principals, librarians, support officers, pastoral support staff, and other school/educational staff, as well as public service professionals working in departmental policy or managerial roles.
For the development of this training, All Together Now has worked with Keith Heggart, a learning design expert at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) focusing on educational technology and citizenship education, in order to ensure the package follows best practice in learning design and methodologies and is fully aligned with the Australian Curriculum.
Our program uses a blended approach. It aims to educate teachers about fake news, conspiracy theories and anti-racism and anti-hate education, and also to prepare those teachers to deliver lessons about those topics. It is intended that teachers will be able to make use of the content and activities presented in our training for both planned and unplanned learning opportunities.
Please note that All Together Now is currently finalising programs and resources open for people in the non-educational sector, including frontline workers (e.g. social workers and youth workers), as well as parents and caregivers. If you are interested, and would like to hear more about tailored programs for your team, organisation or workplace, please get in touch via the contact us form.
When is the next training?
Our next training is available on Wednesday 8 November 2023 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm AEDT (including breaks). Book your ticket here.
If you are in the educational sector and would like this training delivered to your team, organisation or workplace (online or face-to-face), please get in touch via the contact us form.
If you are in the non-educational sector (e.g. you are a frontline worker, policy worker, parent or caregiver) and would like to keep up to date with our new training programs and resources, please get in touch via the contact us form.
Where is the training?
The training session will be delivered online via Zoom. If you would like this training delivered to your team, organisation or workplace via face-to-face setting, please contact us via the form.
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