Questions Matter: try our new WhatsApp-based course on media literacy and tackling disinformation – now live!

The Questions Matter initiative for adult education tutors, literacy educators and practitioners seeks to develop critical thinking and digital citizenship skills to assess and challenge news and information. 

This microlearning short-course uses WhatsApp to embed active citizenship and digital literacy learning outcomes.

🔍 In this course for adult educators & tutors, we’ll cover topics like: misinformation, how and why it spreads, what tools you can use as part of digital literacy and how you can protect both yourself and your students as part of active citizenship.

🎯 After 10 days you should feel much more prepared to spot and deal with any misleading or false information in an increasingly polarised digital world.

🏷️ Topics: self-awareness, empathy, media literacy, digital literacy.

Enroll for one of the FREE microlearning courses and you will receive the first course automatically into WhatsApp on your start date.

  • Course 1: 18th Dec – 29 Dec 2023 (closed)
  • Course 2: 1st Jan – 12 Jan 2024 (closed)
  • Register for course 3: 8th Jan – 19th Jan 2024 (closed).

This course includes:

  • 10 Lessons 
  • 25 Questions

🕓Delivered: Anytime
📅When: Weekdays

Tip: update your version of WhatsApp to the latest version and choose a time that you would like the lessons to arrive.


Course Lessons

(delivered daily Monday-Friday)


Lesson 1: Welcome and course expectations

Lesson 2: Motivations: why people deliberately spread disinformation

Lesson 3: My digital footprint

Lesson 4: What’s in the news?

Lesson 5: Flexing your observation muscles 

Lesson 6: Artificial Intelligence and me

Lesson 7: What makes a good place?

Lesson 8: Think Like a Troll

Lesson 9: Respect, Connect, Act (and de-escalating hate)

Lesson 10: Where does this fit into my lesson planning?

About this course

Takes 1.5 hours to complete over two weeks

Delivered straight to your phone once a day on WhatsApp

Catch up on the short course at your pace in your own time

Suitable as CPD course


Aligns with The European Digital Competence Framework for Citizen (DigComp):

1.2 Evaluating data, information and digital content
2.1 Interacting through digital technologies
2.3 Engaging citizenship through digital technologies
5.3 Creatively using digital technology

Was road-tested with a pilot group of 15 educators

Was produced using Plain English approach

Earn a digital badge certificate once course completed
(for sharing on LinkedIn and as CPD)
(Note: optional peer to peer session)


A digital footprint is the information about a particular person that exists on the internet as a result of their online activity. It includes:

  • the websites you visit
  • emails you send; or
  • posts you put up and information you submit to online services.

Infodemic – refers to the swift, widespread dissemination of both accurate and inaccurate information about specific issues.

Inoculation – Users get a taste of the tactics behind misinformation which can help to “inoculate” people against harmful content on social media. This works as a psychological ‘vaccine’ that actively builds cognitive resistance against online manipulation.

Misinformation – is false information that’s shared by people who don’t realize it’s false and don’t mean any harm. Often they’re just trying to help.

Data and Algorithms

🔗Read this article ‘Who controls your Facebook feed – and why they keep changing it’ by Will Ormus on The Slate

🔗Read this article ‘The poison in our politics runs deeper than dodgy data’ (2018) by Gary Younge, The Guardian

🔗 ‘The official US women’s soccer team did not lose 12-0 to a team of Wrexham ‘veterans‘ – FactCheck on

🎲Play an online game challenging you to spread a story through manipulation:

Images and Observations

And here’s how to use your phone to find out where🧐 a photo or video was taken.

AI and Me

🔗 Watch: How will AI change the world? (TED-Ed)

🔗 Watch: Are men the default in AI art? (Vox)

🔗 Watch: Humans are biased. Generative AI is even worse (London Interdisciplinary School)

Think Like a Troll

Read this story about troll factories in Russia undermining democracy in the UK, The Guardian 

Respect, Connect, Act

🔗Read this story about X in 2023 and the ‘block’ feature, on Time Magazine

🔗Browse the campaign website – is there anything that stands out about the campaign for you?

📽️Watch a video introducing the Stop Funding Hate campaign about media advertising in the UK

🔗Read a four-part investigation into the growth of far-right activity online in Ireland explores how an anti-immigration agenda infiltrated local activism, on

Questions Matter is brought to you by

Bray Adult Learning Centre

Questions Matter is a joint educational project supported by the ALL Collaboration and Innovation Fund 2023