Civics 4.0: active citizenship and participation in the digital age

This course forms part of the ERASMUS+ project NEXUS (2019-1-ES01-KA203-065861), running from 2019 to 2022, that focuses on empowering students to exercise their rights, uphold human values, and contribute constructively to the society around them and the global community in general through digital citizenship strategies. More info about the project is available here:

In terms of learning objectives, by taking this course you will:

  • Understand the concept of active digital citizenship and civic engagement;
  • Know what skills you need to master and what civic tech tools you can use to safely inhabit digital space as an activist;
  • Be able to monitor public policy  and use civic-tech for accountability and transparency;
  • Be able to connect with people in the community and identify civic-tech tools for advocacy and campaigning;
  • Increase your capacity to participate effectively and responsibly in your community by relying on citizen engagement platforms that connect citizens to decision makers;
  • Put in practice what you have learnt through the course for the design of a digital citizenship project at the micro-level.

This course will be left open as an open educational resource but the forum will be blocked since the course is not live and there is no tutoring support. In addition, it is not possible to obtain a certificate as the collaborative and reflective activities will be closed and therefore cannot be assessed, but you can access all the material and self-assessment exercises and get an open badge.


  1. Introduction to active digital citizenship: what it is and why it matters
  2. Key basic skills for digital civic participation
  3. Monitoring public policy that affects you
  4. Connecting and engaging for social impact
  5. Foster local participation: smart communities and digital participation
  6. Wrap up and get ready for action

Materials: videos, readings, links to practical tools and inspirational cases, and translation of materials to Spanish language.

Activities: Reflection activities and one quiz for Module 2.

Provided ByUNED Abierta
Type of providerHE Institution
Provided atonline
Learning opportunity typeMOOC
Home page
Start date2022-01-12
End date2022-12-20
Workload in hours25
Admission procedureOpen to all
Price detailsFree registration and access to all materials + free open badge
AssessmentsReadings and videos verifications, 1 self-evaluation test
Type of credentialOpen Badge
ISCEDF Code0220312 - Political sciences and civics
Education subjectCivic education
Learning settingsnon formal learning
Learning outcome typeKnowledges
Learning outcome typeSkills- habilidades
Learning outcome typeSkills- habilidades
Learning outcome typeSkills- habilidades
Assessor typeSelf-evaluation
Assessment formatTest/ Quiz

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