The BLISS project aims to respond, with an integrated intervention from both an educational and a social point of view, to the ‘need for health‘, which is closely linked to the need for tools to find, analyse and understand health news. Skills that are part of the so-called ‘digital health literacy‘, as defined by the WHO.
The aim is to promote innovative pedagogical strategies in the context of digital transformation by offering a training course aimed primarily at teachers but which will then benefit secondary school students from 6 European countries.
Given the strong increase in the use of digital technologies, both as a reaction to the isolation (due to the years of the Covid-19 pandemic) and as a consequence of all those activities -training and non-training – that have gone digital (DAD included), the project will provide training paths and content on digital health learning that are accessible, understandable and engaging.
The course, combining the use of Open Educational Resources (OER), interactive online material and a MOOC course for teachers, will enable beneficiaries to take advantage of online interaction, collaboration tools and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
BLISS, therefore, by offering an innovative pedagogical path in an as yet unexplored field of education, intervenes at European level in the professional development of teachers, creating the preconditions for the development of new skills in students, promoting a safer and more responsible use of the web.
Aiming at the development of basic digital skills and critical thinking, BLISS therefore intends to strengthen students’ ability to move with awareness and confidence in the world of online health information.
The project will enable tomorrow’s citizens to better manage their health and illness, improve prevention, enable more accurate diagnosis and treatment, and facilitate communication with health professionals. This will lead to a spin-off not only in terms of education and training, but also in social terms, as the correct use of health-related sources and information enables more correct behaviour towards health services and healthier lifestyles.
BLISS aims to contribute to the development of Digital Health Literacy in Europe through targeted training, documentation and experimentation actions in the school sector.
The specific objectives that the project aims to achieve are as follows:
- Define a digital health literacy framework (Methodological Framework for Digital Health@School) to make it easier for teachers and pedagogical/didactic school staff to plan and propose flexible and responsive training paths for high school students, many of whom come into contact with health-related issues during adolescence.
- Develop and test a modular training pathway, mapped on the previous framework, which aims at advancing digital health literacy at European level by focusing on the proliferation of virtuous processes of collective awareness, peer learning and crowdsourcing.
- To create a set of training tools (training toolkit) that can be used in face-to-face and distance learning for the formulation of eHealth educational pathways, including a “European Health Charter”, a code of conduct with recommendations on how to promote health literacy in schools.