RespectNET - Respectful Communication through Media Education Network

Project Aim

The RespectNET project aims to develop the media literacy of university staff and students to foster a culture of respectful scientific dialogue within the university and civil society.

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Project number: 2021-1-IT02-KA220-HED-000027578

Project Title: RespectNET – Respectful Communication through Media Education Network

Project Duration: 1 December 2021 to 31 July 2024

National Agency of the Applicant Organisation: IT02 – Agenzia Nazionale Erasmus+ – INDIRE

Project Description

The COVID-19 epidemic intensified socioeconomic inequality and incoherence. Negative communication, bogus news, deception, and cyberbullying made them more conspicuous. This development is seen in several European countries. Recent scientific research implies that social media influences societal behaviour, habits, and attitudes, which affect universities and academic communication.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced institutions to move many activities online. University teachers are emphasised because they should exemplify trusting, courteous, and encouraging communication. Media literacy must be required for all university teachers. Despite its long history in social work, pedagogics, and youth work, higher education rarely teaches media literacy.

Few know students’ and faculty’s media consumption and creation habits. Universities are under-connected to civil society, youth clubs, and cultural and civic projects. Cyberbullying is risky for several reasons. Teens and students can be victims and cyberbullies. Thus, media, youth culture, and digital media abilities must be examined. The latter includes technological utilisation and cognitive resources for important information evaluation.

Educational literacy in this initiative is limited to skills and critical thinking about social, economic, and communication contexts.

Project Results

University members and civil society activists need a dependable definition of the most effective and currently lacking competencies to set good communication standards and counter negative communication to make Universities a role model of respectful communication and productive exchange with civil society. To access the document with the description of the Matrix of Media Competencies and Respectful Communication, click HERE.

You can check your competence in respectful communication HERE.

This result addresses the need for training for coping with the disruptive style of anti-scientific narratives, hate speech and cyberbullying that currently dominates the public discourse and negatively impacts Universities. A common competency-building programme of good, factful, effective and respectful communication was developed and implemented to ensure that the public discourse at Universities and between scientists and civil society is a safe and encouraging space.

Four modules were developed located on eLearning platform. The modules with all the contents are available on the online platform available HERE.

The partners created content for a transmedia platform that fed a transmedia outreach strategy by the partners on the topic of respectful communication and dialogue within the university and between the university and civil society. Four transmedia campaigns were developed on very interesting and relevant themes concerning university-society cooperation. The campaigns and descriptions of their executions are available on eLearning platform HERE.

A variety of snippet-sized and other kinds of multimedia messages on social media were created, such as short videos for use on YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, etc.,  to “go viral” and create a dominance of respectful attitudes as a standard of good practice and behaviour at universities and in civil society. To watch the videos created under the RespectNET project, click HERE, select the videos you want to see and enjoy. hero image
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Verein für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung und Forschung e.V. (germany)


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