ISKERA01 – Disinformation Pandemic: How to fight it

We live in a world full of information. We see advertisements all around us; we receive news and other messages on social media. And they influence our behaviour, our decision-making process, even our relationships. But not every piece of information is accurate. How can we distinguish real news from fake news? Why is disinformation a problem? And how can we fight it? Let’s take a look at this topic in the new course for exchange students.

What will we do in the course?

First, some basic terms and issues will be introduced. Together we will learn about the reasons and consequences of disinformation in a different context. In the second part of the course, we will try to find some solutions or design some projects that fight fake news or somehow help the situation.

We will learn through innovative methods and also methods known from non-formal education such as learning by doing, learning by others, project-based learning, etc.

There will be an individual approach; we can change the syllabus according to student’s needs and knowledge.

Who is the teacher?

Hi. My name is Veronika Batelková. A I am…


I run the NGO concerning Media literacy. I educate kids in elementary and high schools; I prepare some educational materials for teachers, sometimes I speak in the media. Recently I also made the TEDx talk on the topic. And I used to work as a journalist, so I know the media environment not just theoretically but also in practice.


I am still a student at Masaryk University. I am in my last year now, and this course is a part of my diploma thesis. So by visiting my class, you are actually helping me to get my title.


Two years ago, I took part in an Erasmus exchange in Germany, and next year I will go on my second Erasmus to Hungary. Besides that, I sometimes participate in small Erasmus projects, and I am an active member of ESN. So I know the environment of exchange students very well.


(and memes)

The course is open for any exchange students of the whole Masaryk University. Students should be able to communicate in English at least on level B1 (but B2 is recommended). You don’t have to be an expert on media; you should just be interested in the topic. The active approach (working in pairs, discussions) is expected.

The course aims to increase media literacy among students and develop their critical thinking skills and other competencies needed for life in the information society of the 21st century. Students will gather the knowledge to create the concept and possible future movement activities devoted to critical thinking and media literacy.

After completing the course, a student will be able to:
– evaluate information critically and reveal information from disinformation;
– understand some factors influencing media messages;
– recognise several manipulation techniques;
– discuss the difference between traditional and social media regarding the disinformation process;
– compare positive and negative aspects of social media;
– be aware of biases and other influences connected to revealing disinformation;
– design and develop future projects on the topic.

For this information, watch instructive videos by CZS or read the IS guideline (pages 7-10). 

Please notice that there will be written “not possible” in your enrollment because you haven’t got my permission to enroll yet. You have to ask for the exception. Then, I will give you permission soon, don’t worry. Also, there is no enrollment into seminar groups. All you need to do is just register, ask for the exception and wait for the approval.

You can also write a few words/sentences about you and your expectations to the form for the exception; it would help me prepare the content of the course better for you.

If you are an Erasmus+ student and decide to enroll on the course, you need to change your learning agreement. Don’t worry, a lot of students change their agreements after arrival. You can make changes within the first two weeks after the semester starts.

First, you make your changes in IS and then on the paper (Changes to Learning Agreement). The new agreement needs to be signed by you and your departmental (or CZS) coordinator and uploaded online application.

You can also find a detailed tutorial here – under the headline CHANGES TO LEARNING AGREEMENT.

If you are a different type of exchange student (e.g. Freemover), read the instruction here.

The classroom is located in the Faculty of Arts, building L (so it is not the faculty’s main building).

The address of the building is Veveří 26 – next to the bookstore Arrakis. You can find the classroom L41 on the fourth floor near the stairs.

You can also look at the map here.

You can read my CV or my profile in the university Information system.

You can find more information in the course catalogue. If you have any other questions, you can reach me through the Information system, write me an e-mail or contact me on my social media linked in the menu.

This article introduces the course ISKERA01. In this column, you can find some basic facts about the course and some useful links. 


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  • Credits: 4 ECTS
  • Time: Wed 12:00–13:40
  • Place: L41, Faculty of Arts
  • English level: B2



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