We are delighted to share the interim participants’ assessments of the implementation of the project “EU Strategies Extrapolation for Boosting Students’ Media Literacy in Ukrainian HE.” It should be emphasized that the feedback given by students about the initiative was entirely optional. The students willingly shared their thoughts and experiences without any pressure or negative impact on their academic studying.

The project has been actively engaging students through two significant training sessions that focus on equipping participants with vital media literacy skills. The pieces of training, “Information: Truth and Fakes in Ukrainian and EU Media Space: Correlation with EU Practices” and “Diversity Representation: Overcoming Stereotypes,” as well as teaching and learning toolkit (programs, presentations, worksheets, teaching and learning methods etc.) have been successful in fostering a deeper understanding of the ever-evolving media landscape.

Enthusiastic participants have given remarkable feedback about the knowledge and tools provided during these transformative sessions.

“The training “Information: Truth and Fakes in Ukrainian and EU Media Space: Correlation with EU Practices” was an eye-opening experience, shedding light on the techniques used in propaganda and their impact on society. The content was well-structured and comprehensive, providing a deep understanding of how propaganda works and how to recognize it in various forms. The trainers were knowledgeable and engaging, creating an interactive learning environment. I particularly appreciated the practical examples and case studies that illustrated real-world applications of propaganda and especially interactive games. Overall, this training was invaluable in enhancing my critical thinking skills and equipping me with the tools to navigate through the sea of information in today’s media-driven world. I highly recommend this training to anyone interested in understanding and combating propaganda.” –  Ruslan Reznikov, 2nd-year student.

“The training on “Information: Truth and Fakes in Ukrainian and EU Media Space: Correlation with EU Practices” was informative! The trainers were highly qualified and shared valuable insights into media literacy. I feel more equipped to discern between reliable information and fake news now.” –  Artem R., 2nd-year student.

“The session on “Diversity Representation: Overcoming Stereotypes” was incredibly enlightening. The trainers provided a comprehensive understanding of the importance of diverse media representation and how it can combat stereotypes. I’m inspired to promote inclusivity in my future media work.” –  Andriy S., 2nd-year student.

“I liked qualified trainers and their expertise in delivering these informative workshops. Their use of a comprehensive teaching and learning toolkit, including programs, handbooks, and PowerPoint presentations, ensured an enriching experience for all participants”.  Olha M., 3d-year sudent.

In addition to the impactful pieces of training, the implementation of the “EU Strategies Extrapolation for Boosting Students’ Media Literacy in Ukrainian HE” project also included the establishment of a Telegram channel dedicated to the dissemination of key information regarding media literacy in  Ukraine’s and EU’s contexts, revealing and debunking disinformation, fakes and propaganda, as well as critical thinking development in general. Students became the channel’s active readers, exploring valuable information on various media-related topics. Their feedback regarding the Telegram channel highlights its effectiveness as a platform for fostering continuous learning and cultivating a community of informed and critical thinkers.

“This Telegram channel provides a great opportunity to improve your English language skills. The channel regularly delivers useful tips, lexical expressions and interesting facts. I received a lot of valuable information that helped me improve my understanding and use of English”. –  Veronika Honcharenko, 2nd-year student.

“I am very grateful to the teachers who created a platform, namely the Telegram channel – EUSELENA, where you can learn a lot of information.  It is very important that this information is provided in English, as it helps us improve our English language skills.  An interesting training on media and information was held recently, where we learned a lot.  I wish there were more such events because it’s easier and more interesting to study.  Once again, many thanks to the SNAU English language teachers for their work!”. –   Dasha Kanivets, 2nd-year student.

“It is always interesting to read posts on the Telegram channel EUSELENA. The posts are not only informative but also useful for readers”. –  Sofiia, L., 3d-year student.

“The EUSELENA Telegram channel covers a variety of news from politics to holidays. Educational materials are also published, and the issue of media literacy is considered. The chat is useful because you can learn news in the country, develop your media literacy and improve your English at the same time because it is conducted in English”. –   Kateryna O., 3d-year student.

These pieces of feedback highlight the project’s success in creating a positive and engaging learning environment where students feel empowered to express their opinions and contribute to the ongoing improvement of media literacy in Ukrainian higher education.